Daesh claims responsibility for fatal Pakistan shrine explosion
Rescuers transport the bodies of victims to a hospital in Karachi on November 12, 2016, following a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine 750 km south of Quetta. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
Daesh claimed responsibility on Sunday for an attack on a shrine in Pakistan’s south-western province of Balochistan the day before as the death toll rose to 52.
Saturday's attack was the third major bombing in Pakistan in recent months to be claimed by the extremist militant group, which controls a large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
“At least 52 people have been killed in the attack,” Balochistan home minister Sarfraz Bugti said. More than 110 people were injured in the attack and have since been moved to hospitals in Karachi.
Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah visited Civil Hospital Karachi, where majority of the injured were being treated. He said most people who died in the attack were from the city of Karachi.
Officials confirmed that the attack at the shrine of Shah Norani in Hub district of Balochistan was carried out by a teenage suicide bomber.
“It was a suicide attack,” Manzoor Awan from Balochistan Police told dpa.
Nawaz Ali, one of the custodians at the shrine, said that more than 1000 people including men, women and children were present at the time of blast.
He said the shrine was reopened after clearance by security forces even as investigations continue.
The shrine had not made special security arrangements as is done in other parts of the country that are frequent sites of attacks. The shrine had not installed walkthrough gates or metal detectors, he added.
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