Pakistan blast: 39 terrorists killed after Islamic State attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine

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Karachi | Updated: February 17, 2017 1:23:54 PM

At least 39 suspected terrorists were killed in countrywide raids Islamic States bombing of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan town of Pakistan's Sindh province yesterday

Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Pakistan, Inter Services Public Relations, Sufi shrine, KarachiA huge blast at Sufi shrine Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif, located 200 kms northeast of Karachi in southern Pakistan, today killed at least 72 people and injured 150 – the dead includes 12 women and 4 children.(AP)

At least 39 suspected terrorists were killed in countrywide raids Islamic States bombing of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan town of Pakistan’s Sindh province yesterday. Nearly 75 people were killed and 150 others were killed in the attack. The attack, which is perhaps one of the worst strikes in the country, was claimed by the Islamic State through its affiliated news agency.

The increasing number of such strikes aimed at the public comes after a brief period marked by relatively few attacks that looks to have drawn the Pakistan Government into a false sense of security. It also showed that the country’s ‘fight against terrorism’ is quite ineffective and still has a long way to go.

In August 2016, a terror a hospital that killed as many as 74 people in Quetta. However, that particular attack was not claimed just by the Islamic State, the Pakistani Taliban too said that its men had carried it out. Another attack in Pakistan killed 13 people – this time in Lahore earlier this week.

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’. He first threw a grenade and then detonated the bomb and this caused the huge casualty figures – the bomber had walked right into the middle of the gathering before detonating the bomb. Among the dead are 12 women and 4 children.

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