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Nawaz Sharif says separate attacks that killed 63 people shows ‘terrorists are attacking soft targets’

Pakistan’s prime minister has requested security to be tightened the nation over after multiple bomb attacks killed no less than 63 people and injured more than 200 others.

One of Friday’s attacks killed around 60 people and injured more than 200 others when two explosions struck a packed market in Parachinar, a predominantly Shia Muslim area situated in the country’s north-west, as indicated by officials.

“Fear based oppressors are assaulting soft targets and no Muslim can ever imagine committing such awful act,” Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister, said in a statement.

“Such acts of psychological warfare will be managed the full energy of the state.”

The blasts, minutes separated, happened at Parachinar’s Toori Bazar amid rush hour on Friday evening.

Reporters, reporting from the capital Islamabad, said following the assault, a state of emergency was announced in Parachinar.

Parachinar is the capital of Kurram, one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts that are governed by local laws and customs.

“The military sent two helicopters from Peshawar to ship the ones that need assistance,” he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Prior on Friday, a suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in Quetta, in Balochistan province, killed no less than 13 people, no less than six of whom were police officers.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the assault in a statement conveyed by its spokesman, Asad Mansoor.

In yet another incident on Friday, armed men in the port city of Karachi, in Sindh province, assaulted police officers at a roadside restaurant and killed four of them before fleeing, Asif Ahmed, a senior police officer, told the Associated Press news office.

The blasts in Parachinar went ahead of the final Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan, days before Eid-al-Fitr, one of Islam’s holiest festivals.

The third significant assault to hit Parachinar this year, the explosions happened hours before iftar, when the boulevards are frequently swarmed with people shopping for food to break their fast with the evening Ramadan meal.

“This occurred on the last Friday of Ramadan, only a couple of days to go before the Eid holiday, so the vast majority of the people who were the victims in Parachinar were conventional shoppers approaching their shopping routines and conceivably purchasing gifts for Eid,”

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