Iran strongly condemns terrorist blast in Pakistan

07 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Ora Austin
  • PAKISTAN Suicide bomber kills 18 wounds 25 others at Sufi shrine

"The bomber had tried to enter the shrine but a police constable stopped him at the gate, after which he detonated his explosives", Mohammad Iqbal, the district's top police official, said.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, the spokesman for the, says the attack took place on Thursday in Jhal Magsi, AP reports.

The blast site is about 400 kilometers southeast of Quetta, the provincial capital.

A spokesperson for the police said that investigations were still under way.

Minority Islamic groups in the province are routinely attacked by militant outfits including Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several bombings. This was also the second attack on the Pir Rakhel Shah shrine since 2005.

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Provincial home minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the toll. Ghafoor told a news conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi that the government has been alerted about possible attacks.

"Such blind and cowardly attacks are aimed at creating insecurity in Pakistan and fomenting discord and religious conflicts".

The suicide explosion left at least 18 people killed and 25 others wounded. For Shiites, it was a time to mourn one of their imams, or saints.

In February, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province, killing 88 worshippers as they performed a devotional dance known as "dhamal".

A greater push towards peace and development by authorities has reduced violence in recent years, but the remnants of militant groups are still able to carry out periodic attacks, particularly in the northwest.

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