At least 17 killed in bombing at Pakistan market

Pakistani paramedics and residents gather outside a hospital after a bomb explosion at a market in Parachinar. (Irfan Burki, AFP)
Pakistani paramedics and residents gather outside a hospital after a bomb explosion at a market in Parachinar. (Irfan Burki, AFP)

Islamabad - The death toll from a bombing at a market in north-western Pakistan has climbed to 17, officials say.

More than 50 injured people were being treated at hospital after the bomb targeting members of the Shi’ite Muslim community went off in Kurram tribal district near the Afghan border, local administration official Amjad Ali Khan says.

A large number of people, including women, were buying warm clothes when the bomb went off around noon local time, Ali Turi, a shopkeeper, told dpa from the area.

"It was very loud," he described the scene, "we ran out, people were screaming and then there were bodies and blood all around."

The bombing hit the region a day after the army said it had almost chased insurgents from the last of their mountainous hideouts in nearby North Waziristan tribal district.

The military claimed to have killed 3 400 Taliban rebels in the offensive launched from mid-June 2014, army's spokesperson General Asim Bajwa said on Saturday.

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