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Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claims responsibility for attack at a market in Parachinar, Pakistan

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21 people killed and more than 50 injured in a powerful explosion that ripped through a crowded marketplace in Kurram tribal agency of on Saturday morning.

The political administration of Kurram Agency’s has confirmed the death toll adding that the injured were shifted to the agency headquarters hospital. However, the death toll is expected to rise.

Later the day, Tehreek-e-Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast in Parachinar. “Saifullah alias Bilal carried out the attack in on Saturday,” spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said. He added that the attack in the market in was done as retaliation for killing Lashkar-e-Jhangvi chief Asif Chotu, along with three others in an encounter. It was to avenge the killing of our associates by security forces and to teach a lesson to Shiites for their support for Bashar al-Assad,” said the group’s spokesman Qari Saifullah, referring to the Syrian president.

Saifullah has also warned that his Sunni group will continue with such attacks.

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