At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

At least 13 killed in Balochistan shrine blast

He said that the injured persons were immediately taken away to the District Headquarter Hospital.

"The suicide bomber struck outside the shrine at a time when it was packed with people attending anniversary celebrations of Syed Cheesal Shah", said senior local administration official Asad Kakar, referring to the local saint.

Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Kakar confirmed the death toll and said, "A suicide bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by police guards on duty outside the shrine".

The explosion took place outside the Fatehpur shrine, officials said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

According to media reports, the suicide attacker had tried to enter the shrine before detonating the bomb when stopped by the police at the entrance gate.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the provincial government, said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in critical condition.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti told the media that 18 people including a police constable and three children were killed in the blast.

Dr Rukhsana Magsi at the Gandawah hospital in Jhal Magsi, about 400 kms east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, confirmed 15 bodies were brought to the hospital.

Initial probe showed that the blast occurred when dhamal was going in the premises of the shrine.

In February this year, ISIS claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, that left 83 people dead.

Incidents involving attacks on religious places are not unique in Pakistan as the militant groups often carry out such attacks, specifically when a ritual is process in such sites.