Iran condemns Pakistan's Baluchistan terrorist attack

Deadly Suicide Attack Hits Sufi Shrine in Pakistan

The village is about 400km east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

The bombing took place at the entrance of the shrine, Dargah Fatehpur, in the Jhal Magsi district of the volatile province, as scores of people had gathered for Thursday's prayers that were to follow the "dhamaal".

Deadly Suicide Attack Hits Sufi Shrine in Pakistan

No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack yet, but Pakistan's officials often blame extremist groups such as Baluchistan's separatist insurgent group for such terrorist acts.

A spokesperson for the police said that investigations were still under way. He said they found body parts of the attacker and investigators were trying to determine who was behind the bombing.

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Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said the shrine was holding its annual Urs and hundreds of devotees from all over the country had come to pay their respects.

Atif Ali Shah, the custodian of the shrine, told reporters that had the attacker managed to enter the shrine, there would have been many more casualties. Local TV footage showed people crying for help in the immediate aftermath of the attack. At least 25 others were wounded in the attack.

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"Such blind and cowardly attacks are aimed at creating insecurity in Pakistan and fomenting discord and religious conflicts". For Shiites, it was a time to mourn one of their imams, or saints.

In February this year at least 75 people were killed in an attack on Pakistan's Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the southern city of Sehwan in Sindh province. However, Islamic militants have also carried out scores of attacks in the province.

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