jamuna international news: 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.
Pakistan’s leader’s vowed revenge for the attack which came after a surge of attacks this week shattered a period of improving security in the militancy- plagued country.
Sughra Bibi (45), who was rushed to hospital with shrapnel wounds in her stomach, said she was near the front of the crowd watching the devotional dancing when the explosion occurred.
She said, ‘The terrorists are targeting us just because of the hate our shrines. They attacked another shrine a couple of months ago. But we will never give up out faith.’
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it had carried out a suicide bombing in Lahore which killed 13 people and wounded dozens more on Monday, days after the group had vowed to launch a fresh offensive.
On Wednesday, four suicide bombers struck in the northwest of the country, killing six people.
ISIS has been expanding its presence in Pakistan in recent years and has claimed a number of deadly attacks, including a suicide bombing at another shrine in November 2016 that killed more than 50 people.
The government has downplayed the ISIS affiliate, insisting only a small number of militants have pledged allegiance to the terror group.
Shortly after the blast tonight, the army announced it was closing the border with Afghanistan with immediate effect for security reasons.