FM slams terrorist attack in Pakistan

With the suicide bomber claiming at least 20 lives it is feared the death toll could be higher

A suicide bomber has killed at least 20 and injured another 30, after blowing himself up at the gate of a religious shrine, in a remote part of Pakistan. At least 25 others were wounded in the attack. Thursdays are considered days of spiritual significance by followers of Sufi saints and the presence of devotees, including women and children, is far greater in shrines than on other days of the week.

The attack took place at Dargah Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of the oil and gas rich Balochistan province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan. The constable who actively stopped the bomber at the entrance of the shrine, was identified as Bahar Khan, according to reports.

Officials said the death toll rose after an under-treatment victim succumbed to his injuries at the Chandka hospital in Larkana.

An Islamic State group in Pakistan has already claimed responsibility.

A spokesperson for the police said that investigations were still under way.

In February, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province, killing 88 worshippers as they performed a devotional dance known as "dhamal".

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

Pakistan has been targeted by many terrorist attacks.

Yesterday's attack is the second major strike at a shrine in Balochistan where in November 2016, at least 52 people were killed and 102 injured in a blast at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district.

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