30 killed, 100 injured in Pak shrine blast

Karachi: At least 30 people were killed and 100 injured on Saturday evening in an explosion at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan, Dawn News reported.

The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) is performed, within the premises of the shrine. “Every day, around sunset, there is a dhamaal here, and there are large numbers of people who come for this,” said Nawaz Ali, the shrine’s custodian.

At the time of the blast, there were at least 500 people gathered at the spot. No group has yet taken responsibility of the attack.

Security forces have reached the spot but emergency services are facing difficulty in reaching the site because of its remote location and poor communication infrastructure, Dawn said.  

President of National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo said the death toll will increase if the federal or Sindh government do not provide helicopters for evacuating the injured, Dawn said.

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