Pakistan: Protests erupt over Parachinar bomb attack
01 August 2020 | 7:00 am
A bombing in the majority Shiite town of Parachinar, near the Afghan border, has brought crowds of protesters to the streets. Angry locals say security forces are failing to protect them from Sunni extremists.
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