Bombings at marketplace in Pakistan condemned by UN chief

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré (file)

Two bombings at a crowded marketplace in Pakistan on Friday, which left many dead and injured, have been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The explosions took place in Parachinar, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and they followed an earlier suicide attack in the city of Quetta.

More details from Matt Wells.

At least 25 people were killed in the two explosions in Parachinar, according to news reports, following on from at least13 who died in the suicide bombing in Quetta.

The marketplace in Parachinar was crowded with shoppers buying food for the end of Friday's Ramadan fast, when the almost simultaneous blasts occurred.

The bombings were the third attack in the city since January.

Most of its residents belong to Pakistan's Shia Muslim minority.

The Quetta car bomb explosion occurred when the driver was stopped by police at a checkpoint, according to reports.

The UN chief, António Guterres, said in a statement issued via his Spokesperson that he hoped those responsible for the attacks would be swiftly brought to justice.

The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

He also expressed his solidarity with the government and the people of Pakistan in their on-going efforts to fight terrorism and combat violent extremism.

Matt Wells, United Nations.

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