Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 73

Hundreds of people were busy shopping for upcoming Eidul Fitr.

At least 55 people were killed in two explosions in the north-western Pakistan town of Parachinar.

The blasts were in a market and within three minutes of each other, senior government official Wazir Khan Wazir said.

However, pamphlets found from the spot of attack in Karachi showed that previously little known outfit Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The superintendent of the health facility had earlier on Friday evening confirmed 31 bodies and some 85 injured brought to the hospital.

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali, an official at a state-run hospital, told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that they had received 261 victims from the twin attacks, with dozens in critical condition.

According to Pakistan's military, it was using two helicopters to transport wounded people to other cities.

The suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden auto near Inspector General of Police Ehsan Mehboob's office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, killing at least 13 people, including seven policemen, and wounding 21 others.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, linked the attacks to alleged militant sanctuaries in neighbouring Afghanistan and promised greater border security. The groups were Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and Daesh. Thirteen people, including seven policemen, died in the suicide vehicle bombing, officials said.

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Pakistan was hit by three separate terrorist attacks across the country on Friday that killed more than 60 people.

In a deadly bombing in March this year, a blast outside an imambargah located in a busy Parachinar market claimed the lives of 24 people and left 90 others injured.

Bomb Disposal Squad of police said that around 75 kilograms of explosives along ball bearings and unbolts were used in the attack.

That was not the only incident targeting Muslims in Pakistan on Friday as four police officers were shot dead while observing iftar in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city and financial capital.

In March, a auto bomb exploded near a Shiite mosque in Parachinar, killing 24 people, mostly Shiites.

The United States has condemned the terrorist attacks in Pakistan and said that it would continue to work with Islamabad to combat the threat of terrorism.

Abdul Razzaq Cheema, Deputy Inspector General of Police, said that it was a suicide attack which also damaged nearby buildings and was heard across the city.

Pakistan has waged a long war with militancy, but security has markedly improved in the country since its deadliest-ever terror attack, an assault on a school in northwestern Peshawar in which Taliban gunmen left more than 150 people dead, majority children.

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