Death toll in 3 Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

A Pakistani official says the death toll from twin bombings at a crowded market at northwestern town of Parachinar has risen to 67, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks to 85.

Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, said Saturday that many of the victims of the Friday attacks are in critical condition and feared death toll may further increases.
Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a sectarian Sunni extremist group, claimed the bombings in Parachinar, a majority-Shiite town.

A suicide car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in the southwestern city of Quetta has killed 14 people. The Quetta attack claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction and the Islamic State group. Four police officers were gunned down in southern city of Karachi.

Previously, the death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 45 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan on Friday to 61, with several others in critical condition, officials said.

Khan also previously said residents who had been preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan were now in mourning. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni extremist group, claimed the twin bombings at a crowded market in the Shiite-dominated town, linking them to sectarian fighting in Syria.

Dr. Sabir Hussain, an official at a government-run hospital in Parachinar, said they had received 261 victims of the twin blasts, with 62 listed in critical condition.

The suicide car bombing occurred Friday near the office of the provincial police chief in the southwestern city of Quetta, in an attack claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction and the Islamic State group. On Friday evening, gunmen in the port city of Karachi attacked police officers at a roadside restaurant, killing four of them before fleeing, senior police officer Asif Ahmed said.

Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, a military spokesman, linked the attacks to alleged militant sanctuaries in…

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