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Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 56

The explosions killed at least 57 people.The suicide vehicle bomb in Quetta left seven policemen and a leader of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Nazaryati) dead as well as 24 others injured and the perpetrators carried it out in front of the Balochistan police inspector general’s office at Shuhada Chowk.The Daesh Takfiri terrorists and Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed the attack in Quetta in messages sent to the media.Forty-one people were killed and over 200 persons were wounded in one of the worst acts of terrorism in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram Agency, on Friday. TV footage showed panicked people rushing to safety following the Parachinar market bombings.There was no immediate claim of responsibility.Initially, a blast took place at the busy Turi Market moments after an Al Quds Day rally had concluded at some distance from the place of occurrence.According to news reports, dozens of people were killed and more than 100 were injured in the two separate attacks.A spokesman from a Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami sent a message to AFP on Saturday claiming responsibility for the Parachinar attack.Officials at the city’s Civil Hospital said at least 13 people were killed and around 20 injured, mostly by shrapnel.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. It is a gateway for a multibillion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, considered to be of major significance for the region.Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attacks and directed authorities to beef up security arrangements across the country, according to a statement by his office.Pentagon also added “Although Pakistani military operations have disrupted some militant sanctuaries, certain extremist groups-such as the Taliban and the Haqqani Network-were able to relocate and continue to operate in and from Pakistan”.At the hospital in Quetta, anxious children stood by the bloodstained cots of wounded relatives, and Pakistani soldiers visited injured colleagues.Provincial government spokesman Anwar ul-Haq Kakar told Reuters “The blast took place near the IG office (inspector general of police) and it’s possible the assailants were trying to enter the (army) cantonment which is close by”. It also warned to launch an operation against security forces.”A total of 216 people were injured in the twin blasts”.