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72 killed, 150 injured as IS attacks Pakistani shrine

72 killed, 150 injured as IS attacks Pakistani shrine


Reuters
KARACHI
A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 72 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ reported.
Senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters from a local hospital that the death toll was likely to rise."At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured," Sethar said.
The attack on the famous Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the town of Sehwan Sharif comes as the Pakistani Taliban and other rival Islamist militant groups carry out their threat of a new offensive.
The violence has shattered a period of improving security.
The high death toll at the shrine makes it one of the worst attacks in Pakistan in recent years.
The bomber entered the shrine as crowds massed on Thursday, a statement from the Sindh police spokesman said. Rescue officials said dozens of wounded people were being ferried in private cars to hospitals.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quickly condemned the bombing, decrying the assault on the Sufi religious minority.

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