Blast kills at least 30 in Pakistan, leaves over 100 injured
At least 30 people, including women and children, have been killed in an explosion at a Muslim shrine in the Balochistan province in Pakistan, officials said.
The blast reportedly occurred while devotees were attending a Sufi dance called “dhamaal” at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar region, leaving more than 100 injured.
Hakeem Lassi, official of the Edhi Trust Foundation, was quoted by PTI as saying: “Our local focal person has told that about 30 people were killed.”
“The shrine is located some 250 kilometres from Karachi in the remote mountains of Uthal and our vehicles have been dispatched there to carry out rescue operations and shift injured to the hospitals,” Lassi added.
Authorities are yet to announce the exact cause of the explosion and no terror group has so far claimed responsibility for the explosion. However, local media said it was a suicide blast, citing inside information from the investigators.
Balochistan Interior Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed the explosion in which “several” people were killed, saying it was a remote area and it would be quite a task to retrieve the dead and injured, media reports said.
Reports there is no hospital in the area and emergency services are struggling to reach the area. The injured are reportedly being moved to Karachi on Pakistan’s coast for medical treatment, BBC News reported.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack, and ordered local authorities to take appropriate action in this regard.