Deadly Suicide Attack Hits Sufi Shrine in Pakistan

Baluchistan Map

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens of others.

Doctors in the 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 told VOA that the bomber wanted to enter the main compound but blew himself up when police guards intercepted him.

A top district police officer, Mohammad Iqbal, told reporters investigators have retrieved body parts of the bomber and trying to establish his identity. He added that a policeman was among the dead.

The blast site is about 400 kilometers southeast of Quetta, the provincial capital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamic State has claimed a couple of recent suicide suicide bombings of Sufi shrines in Baluchistan.

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