Four days after the Lahore explosion, a fresh blast was reported near the Sufi shrine of Lal Shashbaz Qalandar in Sindh’s Sehwan. This explosion has claimed over 100 lives and left hundreds injured.
In a major revelation, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group has claimed the responsibility for attack in Sehwan, in Sindh province.
As per Pakistani media reports, a large crowd of people was present at the time when the suicide bomber triggered the bomb. As per sources, hundreds of people have been reportedly injured in the powerful explosion.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Police, “The loud explosion took place inside the complex of the shrine near the gate.”
While speaking to Karachi Post, DSP Sehwan said that the death toll from attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine now stands at around 100.
#Pakistan: DSP Sehwan says death toll from attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine now stands at around 100, reports Karachi Post
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 16, 2017
As per a leading Pakistani Daily, it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine.
Expressing concerns over the attack, Sikandar Mandhro, Sindh’s health minister, said, “There was a huge crowd gathered there for the [religious gathering] at the shrine, and there was a very big explosion.”
“The medical facilities at Sehwan are not equipped to deal with a very big emergency, so our first priority right now is to get help to the wounded”, he added.
Commenting on the matter, SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat said, “It seems to be a suicide bombing according to initial information provided by Sehwan police to me and I am on way to Shewan.”
Devotees from every corners throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in prayers. Being Thursday, a large number of devotees had gathered inside the premises of the shrine.
Just four days before on February 13, a massive explosion took place near the Punjab Assembly at Mall Road, Lahore in Pakistan where over 16 people were killed and over 60 were left severy injured.
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