Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 73

Also, on Friday, a suspected suicide auto bomber had targeted a police checkpoint outside the police chief's office in the southwestern Balochistan province's capital city Quetta, killing at least 13 people and injuring 14 others.

Another 14 people were killed and 20 injured in a separate suicide attack in the south-western city of Quetta.

Friday's auto bombing in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows on nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. The blasts claimed at least 45 lives, while 75 others were also wounded.

The first blast occurred during rush hour in Turi Market, where a bus terminal is also located.

According to reports, the toll crossed 60 after nine more people injured in the twin Parachinar blasts passed away overnight.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Parachinar blasts yet.

Emergency has been declared in the hospitals and all injured were shifted to the agency's headquarters hospital.

A separate gun attack on police in the southern megacity of Karachi killed four officers on Friday evening, a security official said.

The death from Friday's twin blasts in Parachinar has soared to 57, rescue sources said, with over 300 others wounded.

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Moreover, influential Afghan tribal leaders also threw weight behind the off- the record confessions of Afghan officials that it was using militants against Pakistan, the most common example of which was comfortable ties of Afghanistan with Lashkar-e-Islam group led by Mangal Bagh.

"Special Intelligence-Based Operation (IBOs) and search operations (were) launched in coordination with intelligence and other Law Enforcement Agencies", he said.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said that security has been tightened across the country.

The United States on Saturday condemned the multiple terror attacks that shook the country on June 23 and assured Pakistan of cooperation to combat the threat of terrorism, said a statement released by the US State Department. Early on Friday, a bomb attack took place in Quetta.

He said the militants were making bombs that likely would have been used to target holiday festivities.

"I lost consciousness after the second blast and later found myself on a hospital bed", Mr Hussain said.

The funeral prayers of the seven policemen were later offered at Police Lines.

Friday's vehicle bombing in Quetta could be heard across the city, and shattered the windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. The first suicide bomber detonated his explosives, killing and wounding a number of people. Security forces raided a militant hideout in the northwes.

  • Ismael Montgomery