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30 dead in Pakistan shrine blast

Screen grab of the shrine after the blast Screen grab of the shrine after the blast
Dinis Gusmão | 17 Fevereiro, 2017, 00:02

Initial reports suggest that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine, the Dawn reported, quoting SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat. The attacker entered the shrine and threw a grenade, which failed to explode.

The blast took place during Dhamal - a Sufi ritual, when hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint, police said.

The U.S. State Department condemned a separate ISIS-claimed attack Thursday in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed almost 50 people.

Whereas, Medical Superintendent of Sehwan Sharif Hospital has said that over 100 injured have been brought to the facility while the administration has received more than 20 bodies.

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Rescue officials said injured were being transported to nearby hospitals.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed sorrow and grief over the blast in Sehwan Sharif. But we can't let these attacks divide us.

"This is an attack on entire Pakistan", Sharif said in a statement adding that the country was facing a hard time in the last few days but "the nation stands united against terrorists and will win this war".

The high death toll at the shrine makes it one of the worst attacks in Pakistan in recent years. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the spokesperson for Pakistan's armed forces. Without providing any further details, he said "we shall defend and respond".

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"Each drop of the nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone", he added the military chief as stating.

Thursday's attack came a day after two suicide bombings in northwestern Pakistan killed six people following an nearly three-month-long lull in the volatile region.

The Sufi tradition was pivotal in the growth of Islam in modern-day Pakistan, and important Sufi shrines are scattered across the southern belt of the country in Sindh and Punjab provinces.

The blast is the latest in a series of attacks to hit the country this week. Till the last reports came in, no terror organization has claimed responsibility of the attack. Another six people were killed Wednesday in a bombing in Peshawar.

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