IS bomb­ing kills at least 52 at shrine

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least 52 peo­ple died and more than 100 were in­jured in a bomb blast at a re­mote Sufi shrine in Pak­istan, with the Is­lamic State claim­ing the at­tack.

The blast hit wor­ship­pers par­tic­i­pat­ing in a cer­e­mony at the shrine of the Sufi saint Shah Noorani, some 750 kilo­me­tres (460 miles) south of Quetta, the provin­cial cap­i­tal of restive south­ern Balochis­tan prov­ince.

“At least 52 peo­ple have been killed and some 105 oth­ers wounded,” an of­fi­cial said.

Wor­ship­pers were tak­ing part in a de­vo­tional dance ses­sion, held daily be­fore dusk, when the blast oc­curred.

The shrine is revered and vis­ited both by mi­nor­ity Shi­ites and Sunni Mus­lims, but mil­i­tant groups like the Tal­iban and the Is­lamic State con­sider the prac­tice against Is­lam. –

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