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20 killed, several injured in Pakistan shrine blast

20 killed, several injured in Pakistan shrine blast”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Confirming the death toll, spokesperson of Balochistan government, Anwaar ul Haq Kakar said that the killed people also included a policeman.

According to city police chief Mohammad Iqbal, the critically injured were being shifted to relatively better equipped hospitals in nearby districts.

Pakistani devotees gather around the bodies of blast victims after a suicide bombing near a sufi shrine in the Gandawa area of Jhal Magsi district on October 5, 2017.

He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and directed the authorities concerned to provide all possible medical facilities to the injured.

A bomb attack on the same shrine killed 35 people in 2005.

Atif Ali Shah, the custodian of the shrine, told reporters that had the attacker managed to enter the shrine, there would have been many more casualties.

"The fearless police constable stopped the suicide bomber from entering the shrine after which he blew himself up".

A large number of people were present at the Dargah at the time of the blast, as Urs celebrations were in full swing in the province of Balochistan. The injured have been taken to the DHQ hospital, Jhal Magsi, for treatment.

Answering a question on whether the government was aware of a terrorist threat, Bugti said, "We are in a war zone".

Initial probe showed that the blast occurred when "dhamal" was going in the premises of the shrine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement condemning Thursday's terror attack that killed 20 at a Shiite shrine in southwestern Pakistan.



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