At least 45 dead, over 100 injured in Khuzdar’s Shah Noorani shrine explosion

Published: November 12, 2016
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At least 45 people, including women and children, were killed and over 100 sustained injuries in an explosion that struck Dargah Shah Noorani in Khuzdar district Saturday evening.

Rescue teams have finally reached the blast site after facing enormous hardships and started shifting the deceased and injured to hospitals in Karachi and other nearby health centres in Balochistan.

The target of the attack was a widely visited shrine where faithfuls were busy in performing dhamaal – a trance-like dance. The rough terrain site, a famous sufi worship place, is situated in Khuzdar district, some 250km away from Karachi.

Rescue teams and law enforcers were facing difficulty in reaching the site as Dargah Shah Noorani is located in a remote area of the volatile province.

“Our focus is on rescue services at the moment. We can’t be certain about the exact number of casualties and the nature of attack that took place today,” Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said while talking to Express News.

According to police sources, it was a suicide attack carried out by a 14-year-old boy. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

PM orders speedy rescue operation

Expressing grief over the loss of innocent lives, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack at Dargah Shah Noorani and directed the concerned authorities to bring the perpetrators to the task immediately.

He also ordered speedy rescue services to save the lives of those injured in the attack.

COAS orders maximum assistance for blast victims

Gen Raheel Sharif has ordered troops of Pakistan Army to provide the victims of the blast with maximum assistance for evacuation and medical treatment, a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Troops and medical teams have been dispatched towards the blast site, it also said, adding that six medical teams, 150 soldiers and 65 ambulances were about to reach the bombing site.

CM Sindh sends 50 ambulances to Khuzdar; emergency declared in Civil Hospital and JPMC

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has ordered the concerned authorities to send 50 ambulances for rescue services in Khuzdar.

A statement issued from CM House said that he expressed profound grief over the loss of lives at Shah Noorani and ordered Commissioner Karachi to send ambulances, medicines and other required things.

While emergency has been imposed in Civil Hospital and Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in Karachi, the chief minister also directed IG Sindh Police AD Khowaja to beef up security at Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai shrine as Urs celebration will start there from Monday.

Imran calls for helicopter service

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan also lamented the loss of lives in the attack and demanded helicopter service to help rescuers save the victims of the blast.

Pakistan Awami Tehreek chairperson Tahirul Qadri also condemned the attack and held the rulers responsible for the tragic incident.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Colonel (R) Muhammad Nasir
    Nov 12, 2016 - 8:06PM

    My condolences to the families of the dead. Our neighbour takes a bold move to counter corruption. While we are doing our best to return to the middle ages. The need of the hour is to clean up the Madrasas, imprison radical mullahs, clean up up textbooks and keep the state out of religion.I pray for radical and bold action for the future of country and children.Recommend

  • Nisar Khan
    Nov 12, 2016 - 8:16PM

    More than 300 dead and still counting it seems.Recommend

  • Suhail Abeer
    Nov 12, 2016 - 9:21PM

    What will happen when Donald Trump becomes president? Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Nov 12, 2016 - 9:24PM

    Pay back time Baby!

    Sincerely from Afghanistan NDS.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Nov 12, 2016 - 11:03PM

    @Hakim Afghani:

    You are one sad, little boy.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Nov 13, 2016 - 6:50AM

    Looks like Afghanistan is looking for “strategic depth” inside Pakistan.
    What goes around comes around !Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    Nov 13, 2016 - 7:27AM

    ISIS is here !!Recommend

  • M.S.
    Nov 13, 2016 - 8:35AM

    After many years of terrorism and destruction, victims still don’t know who is the enemy. When they don’t know who is the enemy, then how would they know when and where it will attack. Their ignorance will never solve this problem.Recommend

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