Two persons were killed and 12 others wounded when a saint’s tomb came under a bomb attack on Monday night at Waro near Shikarpur. There was no claim of responsibility till the filing of this report.
The shrine of Ghazi Ghulam Shah Mari was packed with visitors when a huge explosion was heard. Several policemen swarmed to the site of the blast as casualties were shifted to the civil hospital in Shikarpur. The injured included a key caretaker of the tomb.
Locals said that the shrine was always bustling with activity on Monday and Thursday nights – making it the perfect time for mounting an assault. Others claimed to have spotted a man who left a “black shopping bag” at the entrance of the mausoleum, 15 minutes before the blast.
The bomb disposal squad was summoned from Larkana to check and clear the site of the explosion.
Six days ago, a Muslim cleric was injured in a bomb attack in Jacobabad – located some 40 kilometres away from Shikarpur.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 26th, 2013.
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