Balochistan: Death toll rises to 20 in suicide blast at Jhal Magsi shrine

ANI | Updated: Oct 06, 2017 06:04 IST

Balochistan [Pakistan], October 6 (ANI): Death toll in a suicide bombing that took place at Fatehpur Dargah (shrine) in the Jhal Magsi area of Pakistan's Balochistan has risen to 20 from 13, confirmed District Chairman Jhal Magsi, Aurangzaib Magsi late Thursday the night.

According to a report in the Dawn, more than 30 people were injured in the same incident.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said he has instructed concerned authorities to respond immediately.

The explosion, which the police has attributed to a suicide bomber, took place at the entrance to the dargah at a time when scores of people had gathered to pay their respects. Thursdays are usually busy in terms of attendance at shrines as the day is considered spiritually significant.

The suicide bomber had tried to enter the Fatehpur Dargah (shrine), but a security guard stopped him, following which the attacker detonated the explosives.

Balochistan spokesman Anwarul Haq Kakar has confirmed it was a suicide attack. The security forces reached the spot and condoned the area after the incident.

At least two policemen were also injured in the blast. The injured are being transferred to DHQ hospital for treatment.

The local administration has declared an emergency at hospitals in Sibbi and Dera Murad Jamali.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast. (ANI)