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12 dead, 50 injured in suicide attack on Sufi shrine in Pak

KARACHI: At least 12 people were killed and 50 others injured tonight in a suicide attack inside the revered Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar packed with devotees in Sehwan town in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.

The blast took place during Dhamal – a Sufi ritual, when hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint, police said.

Officials said 12 people were killed in the blast.

Sindh Health Minister Sikandar Mandhro said that “40-50 people” have been injured.

Initial report suggests that it was a suicide bombing on portion reserved for women in the shrine, the Dawn reported, quoting SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat.

“It seems to be a suicide bombing according to initial information provided by Sehwan police to me and I am on way to Shewan,” Wilayat said. (AGENCIES)

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