Terrorists Strikes Shiite shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan, Killing 20

Aaron Brown
October 6, 2017

The attacker detonated his explosives vest when he was stopped for a routine search by a police officer guarding the Dargah Fatehpur shrine where hundreds of people had gathered to mourn the death of a local spiritual leader.

Speaking to a private channel, Balochistan Home Minister, Sarfraz Bugti said he had received news of the blast and has instructed concerned authorities to respond immediately.

He said the bomber blew himself up near the entrance gate of the portion allocated for women in the shrine, located in Jhal Magsi area, some 300 km away from provincial capital of Quetta.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. "Police grabbed him and the suicide bomber exploded himself", he said.

According to hospital sources, condition of several people injured in the explosion is critical.

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

The attack at Dargah Fatehpur in the Balochistan province also left more than a dozen people injured and comes months after similar bombings that targeted other shrines.

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Provincial government spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar told reporters the police had tried to confront the suicide bomber, which resulted in the death of a policeman.

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, IS attacked a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, killing 83 people.

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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