A suicide bomber killed at least 72 Sufi worshippers and wounded hundreds as they were performing a ritual in Pakistan’s Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine in Sindh province.
Medical workers estimate those injured to be more than 200.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in Sehwan, in Sindh province, via it Amaq website.
Local media report the bomber to have entered the shrine through its Golden gate, then he blew himself up near the site where the ritual of sufi dance ‘Dhamal’ was taking place. He first threw a grenade, which failed to explode.
Hundreds of people, often thousands, gather at the shrine every Thursday to pray and participate in the Sufi tradition of dhamaal – a form of devotional percussion and dance.
Al Jazeera reports Faisal Edhi, who heads the Edhi Foundation, to say that the shrine is difficult to access for the medical and rescue personnel because it is surrounded by narrow streets.