BREAKING: Over 40 DEAD In TERROR Attack Bomb Blasts- Here’s What We Know

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Bombs killed at least 40 people in Pakistan on Friday, with a suicide car bomber killing 13 people, including 7 police officers, in the southwestern city of Quetta, and two blasts later claiming at least 27 lives in the northwestern town of Parachinar, officials said.

A separate gun attack on police in the southern megacity of Karachi killed four officers on Friday evening, a security official said.

13 were killed and at least 21 others were injured in the first attack, in Quetta, which happened when police stopped the car to search it at a checkpoint.

Director General of Civil Defence Mohammad Aslam Tareen said 95 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the suicide attack.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema, while talking to media, said it had not been determined yet who was being targeted in the attack.

He said the bomber had detonated a car packed with explosives.

Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to Reuters by its spokesman, Asad Mansur.

“Our attacks will continue until a true sharia system is enforced in Pakistan,” the spokesman said, referring to Islamic law.

Islamic State (ISIS) also claimed responsibility for the attack in a message sent to journalists. Jamaat ur Ahrar and ISIS have jointly claimed responsibility for past attacks in Pakistan.

In the evening, several hundred kilometres to the northeast, two explosions in the town of Parachinar killed at least 27 people and wounded 120, a government official told Reuters.

The blasts were in a market and within three minutes of each other, senior government official Wazir Khan Wazir said. Parachinar is near the border with Afghanistan.

Many people were at the market buying food for iftar, the evening meal with which Muslims break the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan ends this weekend.

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Dozens of people were killed after a double blast went off at a market in Parachinar, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

The first blast went off and then a second killing and injuring people who had rushed to help. Some reports say a Shia procession was targeted.

No group claimed responsibility for the Parachinar blasts.

Militants loyal to the Islamic State group abducted and killed two Chinese nationals in Quetta last month.

That attack prompted Pakistan to boost security for Chinese nationals and other foreigners in the province, which is already one of the most militarised regions in the country.

Late on Friday, in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and financial capital, four police were shot dead as they were observing the iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast, local TV and a security official said.

Just another day in Pakistan.

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