At Least 30 killed,100 injured in blast at Pakistan Shah Norani Shrine

At Least 30 killed,100 injured in blast at Pakistan Shah Norani Shrine
Sat Nov 12, 2016 18:31:20

Nearly 30 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured today in a blast at a popular shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan.

The blast occurred in the remote Hub region in Lasbela district where devotees were attending a Sufi dance called "dhamaal" at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine.

The shrine is frequented by a large number of devotees on Friday, and is visited by people from across the country. Iranian nationals also frequent the shrine.

Last attack in the region was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA).

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists.

Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region. The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.


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