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73 martyred, over 250 injured

WOMAN SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES AT LAL SHAHBAZ QALANDAR SHRINE IN SEHWAN

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SEHWAN: More than 73 people including women and children were martyred and over 250 sustained injuries in a suicide attack at the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif yesterday, paramedics and police said. Forty critically injured are struggling for life. Thousands of devotees from across the country arrive at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar every Thursday. Dhammal (a spiritual was in progress when the suicide bomber struck. Police confirmed it was a suicide blast and said a severed head of a woman was found suggesting that terrorist may have used a woman . Eye witnesses said the condition of more than 50 pilgrims is critical, the number of death toll could rise as there is only one small hospital in the area. However, emergency has been declared in the hospitals of Hyderabad, Dadu and Jamshoro. Police and security forces cordoned off the area immediately after the incident. Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa directed immediate assistance to Sehwan blast victims. DG ISPR in his tweet said Army and Rangers personnel moved with medical support. Pak-Afghan border closed: ISPR Meanwhile, hours after a suicide bomber ripped through a famous Sufi shrine in Sehwan Sharif, Sindh, Pakistan-Afghanistan Border at Torkham was closed over security reasons. In a statement, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that the border was closed with immediate effect till further orders due to security reasons. The move came after Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa vowed to avenge each drop of nation’s blood immediately. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the blast. “Sufi saints played a major role in the foundation of Pakistan,” the prime minister said, in a statement. “This is an attack on Pakistan’s security.” PM Sharif, in his statement, pledged to deal with the perpetrators iron-handedly.

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