Blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Jamshoro; 30 dead, 100 wounded
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 17:32
At least 30 people are feared killed and scores of others wounded when an explosion struck Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan Sharif in Pakistan on Thursday, officials said.
According to Assistant Superintendent of Police, "The loud explosion took place inside the complex of the shrine near the gate".
SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat said that initial report suggests that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine, it said.
"The blast occurred within the premises of the shrine, we have declared emergency in hospitals and are shifting the injured to nearby hospitals", Deputy Commissioner Munawar Mahesar told ARY News.
Devotees from every corners throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in prayers.
Police and security forces have cordoned off the area.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has directed the army command in the province to provide assistance to the civil administration in rescue activities and treatment of the injured in CMH Hyderabad.
This is the seventh terror attack in five days in different cities of Pakistan including capitals of Punjab and Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The shrine is situated on the Super Highway in Dadu district.
At the time of the blast, there were at least 500 people gathered at the spot to observe the ritual. Jamaat-ul Ahrar, a splinter group of banned TTP, claimed the responsibility of the blast.
This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves.