At least 52 killed, 100 injured in blast at Shah Noorani’s Shrine in Pakistan

The blast occurred in the remote Hub region in Lasbela district where devotees were attending a Sufi dance called "dhamaal" at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2016 1:59 am
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At least 52 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured in a suicide attack carried out by a 14-year-old boy at a popular sufi shrine in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday. The blast occurred in the remote Hub region in Lasbela district where devotees were attending a Sufi dance called “dhamaal” at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine. Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the blast which happened when about 500 to 600 devotees were present at shrine.

Bugti said it was a remote area and it would be quite a task to retrieve the dead and injured when already darkness engulfed the region. Meanwhile, the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack via Amaq news agency.

Tehsildar Javed Iqbal said security arrangements at the Shah Noorani shrine were not properly arranged. “It is sad that although thousands of devotees from Karachi and other parts of the country visit the shrine everyday but there are no medical emergencies or ambulances at the site,” he said.

“The shrine is located some 250 kilometres from Karachi in the remote mountains of Uthal and our vehicles have been dispatched there to carry out rescue operations and shift the injured to the hospitals,” said Hakeen Lassi, an official of the Edhi Trust Foundation.

Rescue teams had reached the blast site and started shifting the deceased and injured to the hospital. However, rescuers were facing difficulty in accessing the site as the shrine is located in a remote area. The death toll is feared to rise with women and children casualties in the deadly blast.

He said the devotees take part in the ‘dhamaal’ everyday after sunset and the blast took place close to where they were dancing in a trance inside the compound of the shrine.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the bomb blast. They directed the concerned authorities to speed up the rescue activities and provide best medical facilities to the injured.Political leaders including Imran Khan and Maryam Nawaz Sharif also expressed grief over the killing of people in the blast.

This is not the first time that extremists have targeted a shrine in Balochistan. This is the third major incident of a bomb going off in the province since August. In August about 70 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack outside the civil hospital in the provincial capital Quetta. Last month, 64 police cadets and two army men were killed when three terrorists raided a police training centre in Quetta.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Ahmed
    Nov 12, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    Another success for Doval. Again innocent people lost their lives. Instability in stan will have spillover in india badly
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      Ahmed
      Nov 13, 2016 at 3:11 am
      What Cdr Kulbushan was doing in stan. So the answer and proof is obvious
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        Ikok
        Nov 13, 2016 at 10:51 am
        @Rohit.. Shrines are a place for commons where no sect or religion is gathered.. but due to high density of people targetted by those who are not in favour of stan.. The only way to sabotage the ceremony of opening of port today.. Nothing will defeat the confidence of Pak people..
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          Ikok
          Nov 13, 2016 at 10:11 am
          At least 30 killed in blast at Shah Noorani’s Shrine in stan lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;At least 30 killed in blast at Shah Noorani’s Shrine in stanlt;br/gt; lt;br/gt; ·lt;br/gt;Just a day before the opening ceremony of CPEC Gwadar port.. the world knows which country is behind this attack.. So long Indians your nefar ious aims along with Afghans will doom you to hel l..
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            Ikok
            Nov 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm
            India no matter how much you try to torn Baloachistan and try to damage the CPEC .. you will get your allies Afghans and yourself under water if stan repel..
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              Gantasala
              Nov 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm
              See. I-brahmin PERVERTS are so happy!
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                JDN
                Nov 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm
                Congratulations RAW. This is another surgical strike planned and executed deep inside stan by Shri Ajit Dowal.
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                  Vinitia
                  Nov 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm
                  AW is just not killing Indians inside and out side India, is also creating trouble in neighboring countries.
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