Twenty-five people have been killed and at least 35 injured in an explosion in Pakistan Kalaya Bazar area of lower Orakzai tribal district, according to Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari.

The explosion, which according to officials was a suicide bombing, took place near an imambargah.

The injured have been shifted to the KDA teaching hospital in Kohat.

Security sources have told DawnNewsTV that a rescue and search operation is underway in the area.

The lower Orakzai district, formerly an agency, is situated near the Hangu district.

Mazari, the human rights minister, termed the attack a fallout from the US failure in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Shireen Mazari

Condemn the horrific terror attack in Orakzai tribal area – 25 people killed and 35 injured. Toll could rise. As the US fails in Afghanistan Pak shd be prepared for fallout and we must ensure greater security for our tribal areas especially esp protection of our ppl.

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Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan condemned the attack, saying that enemies have not been able to digest peace in the province.

“To target innocent citizens is inhumane,” he said, while also issuing the orders for hospitals to remain on high alert and to provide quality care to the injured.

The explosion in lower Orakzai is the second terrorism activity in the country today. Earlier this morning, a terror attack targeting the Chinese Consulate situated in Karachi’s Clifton area was foiled by security forces.

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