FM slams terrorist attack in Pakistan

FM slams terrorist attack in Pakistan

At least thirteen people have been killed and around 20 wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a shrine in Pakistan's southwestern region on Thursday, officials said.

The bombing took place at the entrance of the shrine, Dargah Fatehpur, in the Jhal Magsi district of the volatile province, as scores of people had gathered for Thursday's prayers that were to follow the "dhamaal". "The bomber had tried to enter the shrine but a police constable stopped him at the gate, after which he detonated his explosives", Mohammad Iqbal, the district's top police official, said.

The shrine, built in honor of a Sufi saint, was reportedly packed with worshipers at the time of the blast.

IS and other Sunni extremists perceive Shiites as apostates who should be killed and have carried out many such attacks in the past, targeting minority Shiite Muslims in Baluchistan and elsewhere in the country.

Minority Islamic groups in the province are routinely attacked by militant outfits including Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for several bombings.

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Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister, said "terrorists have shown their inhumaneness by attacking innocent civilians" at the shrine.

A suicide bomber has struck a religious shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan province. This was also the second attack on the Pir Rakhel Shah shrine since 2005.

In February this year at least 75 people were killed in an attack on Pakistan's Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province.

Pakistan has been targeted by many terrorist attacks. Limbs of the dead and injured lay in pools of blood.

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