PESHAWAR, Pakistan — At least 10 people were killed and more than 30 injured when a blast hit a market in a tribal region of Pakistan Sunday, government officials said.
The blast took place in a market in Parachinar city, the capital of the sectarian-plagued Kurram tribal region, according to two senior government officials.
”As per initial reports, 10 people were killed and more than 30 injured in the blast. Two suspects had been arrested from the spot and are being investigated,” government official Syed Naveed Hussain told NBC News via telephone from Parachinar.
He said those killed were mostly local tribespeople gathered at the makeshift market for buying second-hand woolen items.
The medical superintendent at the main government-run hospital in Parachinar said they received 10 bodies and around 30 injured.
“Some of the injured are in critical condition and [were] referred to Peshawar for advanced treatment,” health worker Dilawar Hussain said.
Parachinar is located near the Afghan border and has suffered heavy losses due to sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
No militant group has immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.