A deadly bomb attack has caused carnage in Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers.
At least 22 people were killed and dozens more wounded near the women’s entrance to a Shi’ite mosque.
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban says it was behind the blast in the northwestern city of Parachinar, near the border with Afghanistan. The city is located in an area with a large Shi’ite population.
Reports suggest a car was packed with explosives in this, the latest in a series of attacks across Sunni-Muslim majority Pakistan this year. Women and children are said to be among the dead.
Condemning the bloodshed, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government will pursue efforts to “eliminate the menace of terrorism”.
In a statement, he said: “The network of terrorists has already been broken and it is our national duty to continue this war until the complete annihilation of the scourge of terrorism from our soil.”