18 killed several injured in Pakistan shrine blast

Marsha Scott
October 6, 2017

The incident follows a deadly bomb attack on the same shrine in the oil and gas rich Balochistan province in 2005, which killed 35 people.

"We have confirmed reports it was a suicide attack", he said.

Crowds of devotees had gathered for a three-day religious ceremony when the blast happened.

The blast took place when Urs celebrations was underway at the famous Fatehpur Dargah.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Home Minister said that he has instructed concerned authorities to respond immediately.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the blast as yet.

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Atif Ali Shah, the custodian of the shrine, told reporters that had the attacker managed to enter the shrine, there would have been many more casualties. "Police grabbed him and the suicide bomber exploded himself", he said.

The shrine is located at a remote place and the nearest hospital in the area can only accommodate 12 people, so the rescue teams are shifting the injured people to hospital in neighboring districts.

Confirming the numbers in the suicide attack, Balochistan spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar said killed people also included a policeman, Geo News reported. Jhal Magsi is a district located in central Balochistan which is nearly 294 km away from the provincial capital Quetta.

The police have launched an investigation and an initial probe reportedly showed that the blast occurred when dhamal was ongoing in the premises of the shrine.

In February this year, ISIS claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, that left 83 people dead.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack, saying that "terrorists have no religion" and that his government will act against militants with full might.

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