Update: At least 70 people were killed and more than 150 others injured.
Update: ISIS claims responsibility for suicide attack at Shrine In Pakistan’s Sindh that killed 30 on Thursday.
Update: At least 30 dead in explosion in Lal Shahbaz shrine in Sehwan, reports Pakistan Media.
Update: 12 dead, over 100 injured in blast near sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh’s Sehwan town.
Islamabad: More than 40 people were injured by a powerful blast at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Thursday, the latest in a string of terror attacks in the country this week.
The explosion occurred at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town when a large number of people had gathered for ‘dhamaal’ (a Sufi ritual), Pakistani media reported.
Large crowds frequent the famed shrine, which has the mausoleum of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, on Thursdays.
The injured were taken to nearby hospitals and a large police contingent was deployed at the site. Police official Muhammad Rashid said the shrine was the target of a suicide attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. This is the fourth major terror attack in the country in five days.
On Wednesday, seven people were killed when suicide bombers targeted a van carrying judges in Peshawar and a government compound in the restive Mohmand region. Those attacks came two days after a suicide bombing in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, killed 13 people and injured dozens.
The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, claimed the attacks in Mohmand agency and Lahore while the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the attack in Peshawar.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa have vowed to fight the new wave of terrorism, which broke a relative lull across the country in recent months. The manner in which the attacks are taking place suggests that the country’s fight against terrorism is not yielding results.