Iran Condemns Pakistan's Balochistan Terrorist Attack

Marie Harrington
October 7, 2017

Worshipers had come to the shrine to mark Muharram, one of the holiest months in the Islamic calendar and for Shiites a time to mourn one of their imams, or saints. The constable who actively stopped the bomber at the entrance of the shrine, was identified as Bahar Khan, according to reports.

Local government official Ahmed Aziz Tarrar said 16 people were killed and over 30 wounded in the blast.

The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, took place when there was a heavy rush of devotees who had gathered at the shrine in the village of Jhal Masgi, located about 400 km from Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Officials said the death toll rose after an under-treatment victim succumbed to his injuries at the Chandka hospital in Larkana.

Minority Islamic groups in the province are routinely attacked by militant outfits including Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several bombings.

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A spokesperson for the police said that investigations were still under way.

A suicide bomber has struck a religious shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

Atif Ali Shah, the custodian of the shrine, told reporters that had the attacker managed to enter the shrine, there would have been many more casualties.

A suicide bomber killed 52 people and wounded over 100 at a Balochistan Sufi shrine in November past year, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abassi condemned the attack, saying in a statement that "terrorists have no religion". Majority of the dead and injured were members of the Shia community.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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