Iran condemns Pakistan's Baluchistan terrorist attack

Randolph Lopez
October 7, 2017

At least 18 people, including a police constable, were killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide attack on a Sufi shrine while a "dhamaal", a form of devotional dance, was in progress in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday.

The shrine, built in honor of a Sufi saint, was reportedly packed with worshipers at the time of the blast.

The suicide explosion left at least 18 people killed and 25 others wounded.

The attack took place at Dargah Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of the oil and gas rich Balochistan province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

Officials said the death toll rose after an under-treatment victim succumbed to his injuries at the Chandka hospital in Larkana.

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Mohammad Iqbal, a district police chief, said five children, a woman and one police officer were among those 20 people killed in the bombing.

Within hours, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the bravery of police officials and security guards at the entrance of the shrine ensured that the suicide bomber could not harm the people who had amassed inside.

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. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack and vowed that his government will act against militants with full might.

Al Jazeera reports at least 35 people were killed when the same shrine was attacked in 2005. Majority of the dead and injured were members of the Shia community.

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