Death toll in Pakistan bombing attack rises to 30
The death toll in a suicide attack outside a Shiite mosque in Pakistan's restive north-western region has risen to 30, after five more people succumbed to injuries, health officials said on Saturday, DPA reported.
The attack occurred as worshippers were leaving a mosque after Friday prayers in Parachinar, the main city in the Kurram tribal district.
A health official said that five more people died in hospitals and 33 more are still being treated.
Following the bombing, angry crowds of Shiite Muslims took to the streets in protest. Security forces opened fire, killing six protestors.
Fazal Saeed Haqqani, a Taliban leader in the area, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hassan Jaan, a spokesman for the Imamia Student Organization, a Shiite group, said most of the casualties were Shiite Muslims.
Kurram has a history of sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.