PARACHINAR: Families mourned the dead as those killed in Friday’s twin blasts were laid to rest in their respective areas as the death toll rose to 60 on Saturday.
All the markets in Parachinar remained closed as the local tribal and religious elders had announced a three-day mourning to protest the gruesome incident.
The funeral prayers for most of the dead persons were held in the Central Imambargah in Parachinar and attended by a large number of people.
Hospital sources said about 200 people were injured in the explosions and about 90 of them were shifted to hospitals in Peshawar and other areas. Around 20 of the injured were stated to be in critical condition.
Moving scenes were witnessed at the time of the mass funeral. There were feelings of anger and sorrow over the tragedy that struck Parachinar following the two suicide bombings in the crowded main bazaar at peak shopping hour just before Iftar.
Kurram Agency’s Political Agent Riaz Mahsud told The News that both the blasts were carried out by suicide attackers.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s front organization, Ansarul Mujahideen, through its spokesman Abu Baseer had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, elders of six Sunni tribes living in lower and central Kurram Agency held a meeting with Assistant Political Agent Abdul Ghafoor Shah in Sadda town to express their sorrow over the incident. Later, they held a press conference to show solidarity with the victims of the bombings. The Sunni elders said they were as pained by the tragedy as their Shia brethren.
Meanwhile, the social and political organisations in Parachinar have announced to launch protest to condemn the incident.
Speaking at a press conference here, Ali Akbar, Allama Baqir Haideri, Ahmed Ali and others asked the government to unmask the killers of innocent people. They asked the authorities to step up security in the area to avert such happenings in the future.
“The government must investigate how the two bombers managed to reach the targets while crossing several security checkposts,” said Ali Akbar.