The Fateh Pur Shrine compound in Jhal Magsi district in central Balochistan province came under attack when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive killing 18 people and wounding 25 others in the process.
According to reports, the suicide bomber stationed himself at the entrance of the Sufi shrine in Pakistan, before detonating the bomb strapped to his waist killing innocent worshipers who had gathered for prayers.
“The suicide attacker was intercepted at the shrine’s main entrance,” said Muhammad Iqbal, a local police official.
“He attempted to barge inside the main shrine,” Iqbal added. “Police guards opened fire, and some steps away from the gate [the attacker] detonated his explosive.”
Speaking after the incident, Dr Rukhsana Magsi, medical superintendent at the DHQ hospital in Jhal Magsi, said later on Thursday that they had received 18 bodies.
He revealed that of the 25 wounded, 20 suffered serious injuries and were being transported to other hospitals.
“Casualties are still arriving,” Magsi said. “The wounds, the serious ones, many people have either lost their hands, some have been hit in their heads with shrapnel.
“The dead bodies are now being handed over to their families.”
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack yet.
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