At least 50 killed in suicide bomb attack in S Pakistan

Agencies | Updated: 2017-02-17 00:37

At least 50 people have been killed and scores injured in a suicide attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan of Southern part of Pakistan on Thursday evening, accoriding to local Urdu TV channel Samaa.

At least 50 killed in suicide bomb attack in S Pakistan

A woman clad in burqa walks in the hallway of the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in Sehwan Sharif, in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, September 5, 2013.  [Photo/Agencies]

The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the shrine through its Golden gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he said.

The explosion took place in the area where dhamaal (a Sufi ritual) was being performed after evening prayers.

The country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and directed hospital authorities to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured people.

A large number of devotees, from across the country, frequent the shrine on Thursdays as it is a popular day to visit Sufi shrines.

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