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Published On: Thu, Oct 5th, 2017

18 dead in suicide blast at Jhal Magsi at Pakistan shrine

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imageNASEERABAD (Pakistan ) : At least 18 people were killed and many more injured in a suicide blast at the Fatehpur shrine in Balochistan’s Jhal Magsi district.  Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Kakar confirmed the death toll and said, “A suicide bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by police guards on duty outside the shrine”.
“The suicide bomber struck outside the shrine at a time when it was packed with people, attending anniversary celebrations of Syed Cheesal Shah,” Kakar said.  He also confirmed that one police constable was killed while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the shrine. Two other policemen were also injured in the blast. The injured were transferred to DHQ hospital for treatment.

The local administration also declared an emergency at hospitals in Sibbi and Dera Murad Jamali.   Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said he had received news of the blast and has instructed concerned authorities to respond immediately. Security forces reached the spot and cordoned the area after the incident.
“Most of the devotees killed belonged to Shahdadkot and Shikarpur of Sindh province. They had come to attend the urs at the dargah. One policeman had also lost his life,” he said. One of the devotees Sajjad said he heard a huge blast when a traditional “dhamaal” was being conducted in the dargah. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
This is the second major attack on a shrine in Pakistan. Earlier this year more than 80 people died at Lal Shahbaz Qalander shrine in Sindh province.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has condemned the attack on the shrine. He said terrorists have no religion and the killers of Baloch people are enemies of the state.  The premier added that the state will respond with full force and will not allow terrorists to disturb the peace of the nation.  He also ordered the best possible medical care for the injured.

Earlier in February, at least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, injuring up to 343 others. In November 2016, at least 52 people including women and children were killed and more than 100 injured in a suicide blast in Shah Noorani shrine near Hub in Balochistan’s Lasbella district.
(With Agency Report).

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