People gather at the site of a bomb attack in Parachinar, located in Pakistan's Kurram region, on Sept. 10, 2012.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - At least 10 people were killed and more than 40 others injured in a bomb blast in Parachinar city, the headquarters of Kurram tribal region near the Afghan border on Monday.
Pakistani security officials said explosives were planted in a car and parked it in a narrow street near a vegetable market in the city.
"The blast was so power as it was heard far and wide. It took place in a busy commercial area near the main vegetable market in Kashmir Square," said a security official based in Parachinar.
The official said 10 people were so far confirmed dead and more than 40 are injured in the blast that also damaged 200 shops and vehicles.
"The injured are being shifted to the Agency Headquarters Hospital in the city where some of them were in critical condition," a government official said.
The official, who requested anonymity, said the death toll could increase as some of the injured transported to the hospital were in critical condition.
He said most of those killed and injured were poor people selling vegetable and fresh fruits on their push-cart.
Reuters reported that a previously unknown militant group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Ghazi Group, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was aimed at members of the country's Shiite minority.
Kurram Agency is one of Pakistan's seven autonomous tribal regions, inhabited by followers of the two Sunni and Shiite sects.
The region has recently been rocked by violence and bloody clashes between followers of the two Muslim sects.
Also, Taliban and al-Qaida operatives had also established their sanctuaries in Kurram tribal region and often attack on Pakistani security forces.
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