IS attack on Pakistan's Sufi shrine in Sindh kills at least 72

Cheryl Sanders
February 17, 2017

Numerous wounded are in bad shape, according to health officials, and some reports have suggested the toll has already risen beyond 100 killed, though this as yet isn't confirmed.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security since its deadliest-ever extremist attack - a Pakistani Taliban assault on a school in Peshawar in 2014 which left more than 150 people dead, mostly children, and prompted a government and military crackdown.

The Islamic State Khorasan, ISIS' affiliate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack in a phone call to CNN.

Shortly after the blast, the army announced it was closing the border with Afghanistan with immediate effect for security reasons.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to fight the militants who have carried out attacks.

Dozens of people died and over 100 others wounded in the deadly suicide blast in Sehwan after sunset on Thursday.

According to authorities at the shrine today, the bomber entered at a time when a large crowd was present to watch the Sufi ritual "Dhamal". This is the seventh blast reported in a week in Pakistan.

The spokesman for the Pakistani military blamed operatives from Afghanistan for a recent spate of attacks on the country.

"Each drop of the nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone", the COAS said.

At least 30 people have been killed by a bombing at a shrine in Pakistan in the latest terror attack launched in a week of bloodshed sweeping the country.

Pakistani women mourn the death of relative outside of a mortuary in Karachi on Saturday, following a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine.

Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that terrorist attack on the shrine was the worst form of terrorism aimed at ripping apart the Sufi fabric of unity and peace.

He said the attack is against humanity and Islam. This shrine bombing also comes after a bloody week in Pakistan, which saw smaller-scale attacks claimed by both ISIS and the Taliban, reports the BBC. Pakistan's army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, said in a statement.

Pakistan itself has for years been accused by neighboring Afghanistan and India - and US security experts - of tolerating and even colluding with terrorists, including those fighting worldwide coalition forces in Afghanistan and those fighting against Indian rule in part of disputed Kashmir.

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