By New Age Islam News Bureau
16 February 2017
Blast At Pakistan Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Responsibility
At Least 70 Killed in Suicide Blast aT Pakistan’s Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Attack
The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, local media reported.
By Express Web Desk | New Delhi | February 16, 2017
An explosion near a shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday killed at least 100 and wounded several dozens of people in the latest in a string of blasts this week, according to police. The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s Samaa television and Geo TV reported. According to reports, Islamic State’s Khorasan Province group claimed responsibility for the attack.
Sehwan police station SHO Rasool Baksh told reporters that around 100 people, including women and children, have been killed in the suicide bomb attack.
The blast took place during Dhamal – a Sufi ritual, when hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint, police said.
Initial report suggests that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine, the Dawn reported, quoting SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat.
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Rescue officials said due to the non availability of adequate ambulances at the shrine the toll could rise. Television channels reported that dead bodies and injured were lying inside the shrine.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately condemned the attack.
Sharif in his statement decried the attack on the Sufi religious minority and vowed to fight Islamist militants who target the government and anyone who does not adhere to their strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.
“The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims,” Sharif said.
“But we can’t let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity.”
The exact number of casualties was not immediately clear. Samaa initially reported more than 50 people injured and Geo TV said 20 people were injured.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered immediate rescue operation and government announced emergency in the hospitals of the nearby Jamshooro and Hyderabad districts. Meanwhile, reports say that Pakistan Air Force’s transport plane would would airlift the injured.
On the same day, a terrorist attack was foiled in Quetta but two officials of the Bomb Disposal Squad were killed diffusing a bomb under a bridge in Quetta.
The attack comes a day after at least seven people were killed and several others injured, including judges, in two separate suicide attacks in Pakistan’s restive northwestern region. The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for those attacks.
Earlier on Monday, a suicide bomber struck police escorting a protest rally in Lahore. The blast ripped through the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists, who were protesting new amendments to a law governing drug sales. Six police officers, including a former provincial counterterrorism chief, were among the 13 killed in the attack which was claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as well.
Blast at Pakistan Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Responsibility
Feb 16, 2017
NEW DELHI/KARACHI: An explosion claimed by terrorist group Islamic State ripped through a Muslim shrine in Sehwan town in Pakistan's Sindh province, killing at least 100 people and wounding scores, Reuters reports.
Islamic State said in a statement via its Amaq news agency that its fighters had carried out Thursday's bombing.
The blast at Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar occurred while hundreds of people were inside, officials said.
The blast took place during Dhamal - a Sufi ritual - when hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint, police said.
Citing Taluka Hospital Medical Superintendent Moinuddin Siddiqui, Dawn reported that at least 30 bodies and more than 100 injured were brought to the hospital.
An emergency has been declared in the hospitals of the area. The area is located far from any hospital, with the nearest medical complex located 40 to 50 kilometres from the site of the blast.
Devotees gather at the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in a dhamaal and prayers.
Earlier, Sindh Health Minister Sikandar Mandhro said that "40-50 people" have been injured in the blast.
"It seems to be a suicide bombing according to initial information provided by Sehwan police to me and I am on way to Shewan," Wilayat said.
Rescue officials said due to the non availability of adequate ambulances at the shrine the toll could rise.
"Ambulances have been rushed from Hyderabad and other close by places like Nawabshah, Moro, Dadu," Wilayat said.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered immediate rescue operation and government announced emergency in the hospitals of the nearby Jamshooro and Hyderabad districts.
Television channels reported that dead bodies and injured were lying inside the shrine.
Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was a Sufi philosopher-poet of present-day Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The court said the prosecution had "miserably failed" to prove that Mohd Rafiq Shah was involved in the placing of the bomb in a DTC bus on the fateful evening and neither could it prove that Mohd Hussain Fazili was involved in any manner with the conspiracy behind blasts.
At Least 70 Killed In Suicide Blast At Pakistan’s Sufi Shrine, Islamic State Claims Attack
Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
At least 70 people were killed and more than 150 others injured when a suspected suicide attacker blew himself up at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Thursday, the latest in a string of terror attacks in the country this week.
“At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured,” senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters, adding that the death toll was likely to rise..
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, the terror group’s news agency Amaq reported.
The explosion occurred at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town when a large number of people had gathered for ‘dhamaal’ (a Sufi ritual), Pakistani media reported.
Large crowds frequent the famed shrine, which has the mausoleum of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, on Thursdays.
The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals, where several of them are stated to be in a critical condition, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.
Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted that army and Rangers have been deployed to the site for medical support.
Pakistan Air Force’s C 130 planes will lift injured from Nawab Shah airport and Navy helicopters will take victims from Sehwan and surroundings, he said in the tweet.
Recent terrorist attacks are being carried out “on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. We shall defend and respond,” he said.
Police official Muhammad Rashid said the shrine was the target of a suicide attack.
This was the fourth major terror attack in the country in five days.
On Wednesday, seven people were killed when suicide bombers targeted a van carrying judges in Peshawar and a government compound in the restive Mohmand region. Those attacks came two days after a suicide bombing in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, killed 13 people and injured dozens.
The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, claimed the attacks in Mohmand agency and Lahore while the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the attack in Peshawar.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa have vowed to fight the new wave of terrorism, which broke a relative lull across the country in recent months. The manner in which the attacks are taking place suggests that the country's fight against terrorism is not yielding results.
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