>> At least 21 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in an explosion at a busy market place in Pakistan's remote northwestern tribal region. The cause of the explosion is yet to be confirmed, but officials say they believe a homemade bomb was planted in a pile of tomatoes and exploded as people gathered in the market in Parachinar near the border with Afghanistan.
e attack, early on Saturday morning, was jointly claimed by the Pakistani Taliban and a branch of the sectarian militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Taliban militants have been active around Parachinar in the past and the town has long suffered sectarian tension between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Pakistan's military said Army helicopters had been dispatched to evacuate the wounded.