Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan

Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan

Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan

Balochistan government spokesman Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said there were confirmed reports of a suicide attack.

The bomber detonated his explosives vest when he was stopped for a routine search by a police officer guarding the shrine in the village of Jhal Masgi, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

He added that one police constable was killed while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the shrine, while two other policemen were injured in the blast.

In a similar incident in Khazdar district of Balochistan, at least 52 people were killed and more than 100 others were wounded a year ago.

Bugti said the shrine was holding its annual Urs and hundreds of devotees from all over the country had come to the place to pay their respects.

"We have received 16 bodies at the local hospital and many injured".

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

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Deputy Commissioner of Jhal Magsi, Asadullah Kakar, told reporters, adding that the administration had declared an emergency in the district and nearby hospitals, and additional doctors and paramedical staff had also been called in.

Security forces reached the shrine soon after the explosion and had established a cordon around it.

According to city police chief Mohammad Iqbal, the critically injured were being shifted to relatively better equipped hospitals in nearby districts. In a statement, he said that "terrorists have no religion" and that his government would act against militants with full might.

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