Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

100 killed in Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine explosion: Pak media reports


At least 70 people were killed as a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, media reports said.

The attack took place at the revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town, some 200 km northeast of the port city of Karachi.

The Pakistan army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, ordered the military to begin rescue operations and to help civilians administer medical care to victims.

"The explosion took place when a large number of people were inside the shrine boundary", a local police officer said.

Emboldened Pakistanis are once again attending public gatherings and a sense of optimism is palpable after more than a decade of militant attacks.

The Islamic State Khorasan, ISIS' affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to CNN.

Devotees from every corners throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in prayers.

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Just after the two months of Fatehpur tragedy, on May 27, 2005, the shrine of Bari Imam was rocked with a suicide blast in which 18 people killed and more than 80 were injured.

Pakistani authorities claim militants launch attacks from Afghanistan, where the government and global troops are fighting to oust al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the continuing war.

Geo TV quoted an unnamed medical official as saying at least 30 were killed.

More than 50 persons have been killed and over 150 injured as a bomb exploded at shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif on Thursday. The attack is considered one of the worst bombings in Pakistan in decades, the Washington Post introduced.

Reuters reported that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack, stating: "We can't let these events divide us, or scare us". "Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed", he said.

The army spokesman Maj. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

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