At least 10 dead in Sufi shrine bombing in Pakistan

17 February, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Essie Rivera

According to The Express Tribune, at least 50 people were killed and scores of others were injured when a bomb went off inside the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in the town of Sehwan earlier today.

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.

Local TV showed graphic footage of the aftermath of the blast, with wounded worshippers crying out for help and the floors covered with shoes, blood and body parts.

He added that Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has appealed for "calm".

Women and children are understood to be among the dead.

In a statement, the prime minister vowed to fight Islamist militants who have carried out attacks in Pakistan.

The Islamic State (IS) took responsibility for the deadly bombing through their Aamaq news agency.

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Large crowds frequent the famed shrine, which has the mausoleum of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, on Thursdays.

Multiple bombings have rocked Pakistan over the past few days.

A year ago on November 12, at least 65 people were killed and over 100 others were injured when a suicide bomber struck Shah Noorani Shrine in Khuzdar district of Balochistan. The group claimed to identify the bomber and suggested that he was a Pakistani national.

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.

Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed several attacks this week, including a Taliban suicide bombing in Lahore which killed 13 people and wounded dozens more. "No more restraint for anyone", the army chief was quoted as saying.

On the same day, a suicide bomber on a motor bike attacked a group of judges in a van in the city, killing their driver.

In a series of tweets, military spokesman Maj.

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