At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

Kerry Wise
October 6, 2017

Kakar added later that 13 people had been killed, and 20 others were seriously injured.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan government spokesman Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said: "We have confirmed reports it was a suicide attack".

In February, a suicide bomber had killed more than 80 people and injured 250 others in an attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif in Sindh.

The bombing took place at the entrance of the shrine, Dargah Fatehpur, in the Jhal Magsi district of the volatile province, as scores of people had gathered for Thursday's prayers that were to follow the "dhamaal".

Security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area after the blast.

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The local administration has declared an emergency at hospitals in Sibbi and Dera Murad Jamali.

The minister said that around 25 people were injured in the blast and they were shifted to different hospitals.

Provincial Home Minister of Balochistan Sarfraz Bugti said the blast happened during the Urs (death anniversary of the shrine's saint) celebrations at the Fateh Pur shrine.

Incidents involving attacks on religious places are not unique in Pakistan as the militant groups often carry out such attacks, specifically when a ritual is process in such sites.

The President further said that the whole nation is united in the fight against terrorism and such cowardly acts can not shake our resolve against this menace. Jhal Magsi is a district located in central Balochistan which is nearly 294 km away from the provincial capital Quetta.

Todays attack is the second major strike at a shrine in Balochistan where in November 2016, at least 52 people were killed and 102 injured in a blast at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district.