25 dead as Kurram bomb targets ‘supporters of Syria’s Assad’

KURRAM/PESHAWAR – As many as 25 persons were killed and 76 injured yesterday by a powerful bomb blast in Parachinar in what the claimants called ‘a revenge attack’ on the supporters of Bashar al-Assad’s Shia regime in Syria.

The bombing came at the old Thall Adda (bus terminal) near Eidgah Bazaar of Parachinar, the main town of Kurram Agency.

The explosive device was covered in a piece of cloth and placed at a point where a large number of people were busy buying household stuff for winter, according to local journalists and political administration.

As many as 16 people either died on the spot or before reaching the agency headquarter hospital. Mehtab Khan, spokesperson of political administration in Kurram Agency, told The Nation that the death toll had risen to 25 while 76 injured were being treated.