Suicide attack on Pakistani shrine kills over 50, reports say
BBC – A suicide attack in a popular shrine in southern Pakistan has killed at least 50 people, reports say.
The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, which has been claimed by so-called Islamic State.
The shrine was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there.
The blast, in one of the country’s most revered shrines, is the largest in a string of bombings in Pakistan this week, claimed by the Pakistan Taliban and other Islamist militants.
Dozens of others were injured. Nearby medical facilities were said to be insufficient to handle large-scale casualties, and those that could were two hours’ drive away in Jamshoro and Hyderabad.
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