Bomb blast killed 30 & injured over 100 in Balochistan

Bomb blast killed 30 & injured over 100 in Balochistan

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At least 30 people were killed and 100 were injured on Saturday evening in an explosion at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan, reports DawnNews.“30 people have been killed and 100 injured in the blast including women and children,” said Tehsildar Javed Iqbal.
The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) is performed, within the premises of the shrine.
“Every day, around sunset, there is a dhamaal here, and there are large numbers of people who come for this,” said Nawaz Ali, the shrine’s custodian.
At the time of the blast, there were at least 500 people gathered at the spot to view the performance, said Abdul Hakeem Lasi, a senior Edhi official in Khuzdar district.
No group has yet taken responsibility of the attack.
Security forces have reached the spot of the incident. Emergency services are facing difficulty in reaching the site of the incident due to its remote location and poor communication infrastructure. The shrine is also located in hilly terrain, further adding to the difficulties being faced by emergency services.
Electricity services were also disrupted following the explosion, hampering rescue efforts further. Electric power to the shrine is supplied with generators, DawnNews reported.
Two platoons of the Frontier Corps have reached the shrine with medical and rescue equipment.
“People who are critically injured in the blast will be transported to Karachi,” said Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti.
No major hospital is located near the shrine, reportedly the injured are being shifted in private vehicles.
An emergency has also been declared in hospitals of Khuzdar and Karachi. The only hospital in the district is Civil Hospital Khuzdar, which is not equipped to handle the scope of the emergency.
On instructions of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, around 50 ambulances have been dispatched from Karachi to the shrine.
President of National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo said the death toll will increase if the federal or Sindh government do not provide helicopters for evacuating the injured.
“There are no helicopters available with the provincial government to evacuate the injured,” confirmed Anwar Kakar, a spokesperson for the Balochistan government.
While answering a question regarding security measures in Balochistan, Bugti said “If there is security lapse on part of the state, those responsible will be held accountable”.
he shrine is frequented by a large number of devotees on Friday, and is visited by people from across the country. Iranian nationals also frequent the shrine.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack on the shrine.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has expressed his grief over the killing of innocents and condemned the blast at the shrine of Shah Norani.

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