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11 killed, 24 injured in Pakistan’s Parachinar twin blast

Twenty-seven people were killed and 175 people were hurt in Parachinar, a town in the Kurrum Agency, when two bombs exploded in a market, local political agent Basir Khan told CNN. Ramadan ends this weekend.Security forces raided a militant hideout in the northwestern city of Peshawar before dawn Saturday, triggering a shootout in which three Pakistani Talban were killed, senior police official Sajjad Khan said.The emergency and rescue services shifted injured to Agency Headquarters hospital Parachinar.A suicide auto bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan has killed 11 people and wounded 20.At least 13 bodies were taken to hospital, along with 19 wounded people, said Wasim Baig, a spokesman for the Civil Hospital in Quetta. Those militant groups include Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which is considered a close ally of IS, as well as Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which has taken credit for several attacks in Baluchistan and has its bases in Pakistan’s tribal regions.Later Friday, the Islamic State group said in a competing claim that it was behind the attack, adding that one of its followers targeted the police post in Quetta, detonating his suicide belt there.There was no immediate explanation for the dual claims.At the hospital in Quetta, anxious children stood by the bloodstained cots of wounded relatives, and Pakistani soldiers visited injured colleagues. There was an explosion.Separately, gunmen on motorcycles Friday shot dead four policemen sitting at a roadside restaurant at SITE area in southern port-city Karachi. “I got injured and fell down”, said one victim, Gulzar Ahmad.Pakistan has waged a long war with militancy, particularly in the tribal northwest, until recently a safe haven for extremists who operated there with impunity, and in Balochistan, where it has been battling Islamist and nationalist insurgencies.The army has also been fighting in mineral-rich Balochistan, the country’s most restive province, since 2004, with hundreds of soldiers and militants killed.