The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s media reported.
Death Toll Rises To 78 in Pakistan Shrine Attack
An explosion near a shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday killed at least 78 and wounded several dozens of people in the latest in a string of blasts this week, Pakistani media reported.
At least 300 people were wounded in the attack, the report said.
The blast went off near the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, Pakistan’s Samaa television and Geo TV reported.
According to reports, Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, according to the report, Sehwan police station SHO Rasool Baksh said around 100 people, including women and children, have been killed in the suicide bomb attack.
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.
Initial report suggests that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine, the Dawn reported, quoting SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately condemned the attack.
Sharif in his statement decried the attack on the Sufi religious minority and vowed to fight Islamist militants who target the government and anyone who does not adhere to their strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.
Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai in a statement on Thursday also condemned the attack in Pakistan.
He said the attack is against humanity and Islam.