Massive ISIS Suicide Attack Kills more than 70, Women, Children Targeted
Sehwan, Pakistan, Sindh province – ISIS claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide attack on a Sufi Shrine in Southern Pakistan today. Thursdays are the busiest day for the shrine. At least 72-100 are dead, with 150 more wounded. The death toll is expected to rise.
The bomber reportedly targeted the women’s wing of the shrine, and around 30 children accompanying their mothers were dead.
The Sufis are reportedly a more tolerant type of Muslim.
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The blast hit the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi Shrine as worshipers were gathering for the ‘dhamaal,’ a celebration with drums and dance.
The death toll is expected to rise sharply, as Sehwan does not have hospital facilities that can handle this kind of emergency. The streets around the shrine are narrow and make difficult passage for ambulances.
“Ambulances have all been sent in from Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Dadu, Sukkur and Morho … about 20 ambulances are headed in to help transfer patients to hospitals.” Faisal Edhi, head of the foundation that operates Ambulance services
Al Jazeera reported that this week had several attacks, but none as large as this one.
“Thursday’s blast is the latest in a series of attacks across Pakistan since Monday, when 13 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a rally in the eastern city of Lahore.
That attack was followed on Wednesday by a suicide bombing at a government office in the Mohmand tribal area and a suicide attack on government employees in Peshawar, killing six people.”
According to Reuters, in a separate incident on Thursday, gunmen men on a motorcycle killed 3 policemen, and a civilian in Dera Ismail Khan. The Pakistani Army closed the border with Afghanistan immediately following the attack.
“Each drop of nation’s blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone.” Army Chief Qamar Bajwa