Blast hits Pakistan’s Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine

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PAkistan

On Thursday, At least 75 killed and over 200 people injured in suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of Sehwan in the southern Sindh province, Pakistan.

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack on its Amaq news agency.

In a statement, it is asserted that ISIS has targeted a “Shiite gathering.”

The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as apostates and has targeted Pakistan’s Shiite minority in the past. It views Sufi shrines like the one targeted Thursday as a form of idolatry.

Raja Somro, who witnessed the suicide attack, said in an interview with a local TV network that numbers of people were performing a spiritual dance known as the Dhamal when the bomber entered the premises.

He added “I saw bodies everywhere. I saw bodies of women and children,”

This was the deadliest attack in the country since, December 2014 Peshawar attack, in which 141 people were killed and 132 children’s were among the victims.

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