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At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

District Police Officer Jhal Magsi Mohammad Iqbal has confirmed that it was a suicide blast, the bomber had tried to enter the shrine but a security guard stopped him, after which the attacker detonated the explosives.

Members of Sunni and Shiite sects make daily visits to the shrine in Jhal Magsi district, with attendance climbing significantly during festivities.

The explosion triggered panic, with worshippers shouting and running in different directions, officials at the site told AFP. He also ordered the best possible medical care for the injured.

Sarfraz Bugto, the provincial home minister, said "terrorists have shown their inhumaneness by attacking innocent civilians".

Initial reports suggest the explosion took place during Urs celebrations when scores of people had gathered to pay their obeisance and many of them were performing dhamaal after evening prayers.

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No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This is the third suicide attack on shrines in Balochistan over the last one year. Afghan News Agency on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook.

Just hours earlier, Pakistani army spokesman Maj.

The resource-rich Balochistan Province - which borders Afghanistan and Iran - has been plagued by sectarian violence, Islamist militant attacks, and a separatist insurgency that has led to thousands of casualties since 2004. In February, IS attacked a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, killing 83 people.

Several million Muslims in Pakistan are still believed to follow Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam whose wandering holy men helped spread the religion throughout the Indian subcontinent in the 13th century.


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