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30 dead as blast rips through sufi shrine in Pakistan

Karachi, Feb 16 (IANS): A powerful blast ripped through Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town of Pakistan's Sindh province on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, including women, and injuring over 100 others.

Taluka Hospital Medical Superintendent Moinuddin Siddiqui confirmed to Dawn that at least 30 bodies were brought to the hospital.

The explosion took place at the spot where the "Dhamaal" Sufi ritual was being performed within the premises of the shrine.

A stampede followed the blast in the premises of the shrine where a large number of devotee, including women and children, were present.

Rescuers shifted the injured to nearby hospitals. At Taluka Hospital alone, more than 100 injured were admitted.

Contingents of police reached the shrine that is situated slightly off the Super Highway in Dadu district of Sindh. Hundreds of people gather at the Sufi saint's shrine every Thursday for religious rituals.

Police chief Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat told Dawn that initial reports suggested it was a suicide bombing in the area reserved for women in the shrine.

"It seems to be a suicide bombing according to initial information provided by Sehwan police to me and I am on way to Sehwan," Wilayat said.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    God is not Blind ...

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  • Cynthia, Moodbidri

    Fri, Feb 17 2017

    Some other media says 100 dead and 250 injured. Sad though planet needs to balance with rapid growth of population.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/ M'lore/Bahrain

    Thu, Feb 16 2017

    Pakistan must stop all types of terrorism whether it harm them or their neighbors, if not then these blasts will continue to rock them.

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  • Ramesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 16 2017

    It is common in Pakistan. They do not value the human life. Killing is entertainment for them. "AAJ EK MER GAYA THO KYA, KAL DAS PAIDA KARENGEY. DARO MATH. MAARO MAARO" This is in their blood.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Thu, Feb 16 2017

    Indian coast guard please watch out. Soon there will be boatload of paki's trying to claim refugee status along the coast of Gujarat. They are worse than snakes.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Thu, Feb 16 2017

    Normal way of life in this part of the world. Anything happens in Pakistan like this world is least bothered. Really very sad for innocent people living there.

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