Bomb­ing kills scores of faith­ful in­side shrine

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - WORLD - By Adil Jawad and Mu­nir Ahmed

1 KARACHI, PAK­ISTAN >> An Is­lamic State sui­cide bomber struck in­side a famed shrine in south­ern Pak­istan on Thurs­day, killing at least 75 peo­ple in the dead­li­est at­tack in the coun­try in more than two years.

The bomber en­tered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shah­baz Qa­lan­dar in Se­hwan and det­o­nated his pay­load amid dozens of wor­ship­pers, ac­cord­ing to three se­cu­rity of­fi­cials, who said at least 20 women and nine chil­dren were among the dead.

The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to brief re­porters. Fazal Palejo, a se­nior health of­fi­cial in Sindh prov­ince, con­firmed the toll. The Is­lamic State group claimed the at­tack in a state­ment cir­cu­lated by its Aa­maq news agency, say­ing it had tar­geted a “Shi­ite gath­er­ing.” The Sunni ex­trem­ist group views Shi­ites as apos­tates and has tar­geted Pak­istan’s Shi­ite mi­nor­ity in the past. It views Sufi shrines like the one tar­geted Thurs­day as a form of idol­a­try.

Thurs­day’s at­tack was the dead­li­est in Pak­istan since Dec. 16, 2014, when mil­i­tants as­saulted an army-run school in Pe­shawar, killing 154 peo­ple, mostly school­child­ren. Pak­istani se­cu­rity forces to­day ar­rested 47 sus­pects in sweep­ing raids, of­fi­cials said on con­di­tion of anonymity in line with reg­u­la­tions.


Stu­dents lit can­dles and held signs con­demn­ing Thurs­day’s sui­cide bomb­ing in­side a shrine in Karachi, Pak­istan, that killed at least 75 peo­ple.

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