Deadly Suicide Attack Hits Sufi Shrine in Pakistan

QUETTA, PAKISTAN A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded Sufi shrine Thursday in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others.

The victims, mostly members of the minority Shi’ite Muslim community, were performing the dhammal (dance) ritual, witnesses said.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of the Sufi shrine.

Doctors in the remote Jhal Magsi district, where the deadly bombing occurred, say they have received “a large number of casualties” and the death toll is likely to increase.

Provincial government spokesman Anwar-ul Haq Kakar told VOA that the bomber wanted to enter the main compound but blew himself up when police guards intercepted him and tried to stop him.

A state of emergency was declared in regional hospitals and more than 50 seriously wounded people were being flown in helicopters to Quetta hospitals, Kakar added.

Source: Voice of America