Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pakistan - At least 30 dead as bomb rips through Lal Shahbaz shrine in Sehwan, Sindh

At least 30 people were killed and 50 were injured when a blast ripped through the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Shewan on Thursday evening. Taluka Hospital Medical Superintendent Moeinuddin Siddiqui confirmed that at least 30 bodies have been brought to the hospital while more than 100 people have bought in injured condition. The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) was being performed, within the premises of the shrine. SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat told Dawn that initial report suggests that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine. "It seems to be a suicide bombing according to initial information provided by Sehwan police to me and I am on way to Shewan", SSP said.
What we know so far At least 30 dead and 50 injured Explosion at spot of dhamaal after evening prayers Injured being shifted to Liaquat Medical Complex Jamshoro and the sub-district hospital. Shrine located slightly off Super Highway
Multiple injuries are feared as a large number of people frequent the shrine on Thursdays. The injured are being shifted to nearby hospitals.
An emergency has been declared in the hospitals of the area, with the injured being shifted to Liaquat Medical Complex Jamshoro and the sub-district hospital.
A large contingent of police has reached the spot. The shrine is situated slightly off the Super Highway in Jamshoro district. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah phoned the senior civil and police officials of the district and instructed them to reach the shrine.
Sehwan in Jamshoro district is the constituency of Sindh's chief minister.
This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

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