A market in the Shiite area of Kurram was targeted by a suicide bomber killing 22 and injuring at least 50 people. The Kurram region is along the Pakistan and Afghanistan border. The Taliban and Lashker-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the joint attack. Lashker-e-Jhangvi or LeJ is a Sunni terrorist organization that primarily targets Shia within Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Shahid Khan, an assistant tribal administrator, said the explosion took place when the market was crowded with retailers buying fruits and vegetables from a wholesale shop. He said the attack was being investigated.

Lashker-e-Jhangvi, a banned sectarian militant group that has attacked minority Shiites Muslims in the past, claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing took place in a predominantly Shiite area of Kurram, which has seen attack(s) by Sunni militants who have hideouts there. Shiites are a minority in Pakistan.

“That was our combined work with Shahryar group of Mahsud Taliban,” Ali Sufyan, a spokesman for the banned group, wrote in a text message to an AP reporter.”- New York Times