Big blast at Sufi shrine in Pakistan

2016-11-12 21:49
(Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

(Mohammad Sajjad, AP)

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Quetta - "At least 43 people have been killed and dozens others wounded," Sarfraz Bugti told a press conference in the southwestern port town of Gwadar, without providing a precise figure for those injured.

Sarfaraz Bugti, home minister for Baluchistan province, confirmed that the blast occurred with hundreds in attendance at the shrine of Sufi saint Shah Bilal Noorani. He said rescue efforts were ongoing.

Abdul Hakim Lasi, an official with the Edhi Foundations rescue service that arrived at the scene, says more than 30 people may have been killed.

No one has yet claimed responsibility but Islamic militants have previously targeted the Baluchistan province, which for over a decade has been the scene of a low-intensity insurgency by nationalist and separatist groups demanding a bigger share of regional resources.

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