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Islamabad, Pakistan: one more time, Pakistan and another blast which took away 30 precious lives and injuring more than 100 people, including women and children were killed. The incident happened in Shah Noorani shrine. A powerful explosion ripped through a packed shrine in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Saturday, media reports said.
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The blast took place at the Shah Noorani shrine in Lasbela district of Balochistan where hundreds of devotees had gathered to offer prayer.
We must move resolutely ag sectarian terrorism striking at core of our society. Shah Noorani shrine latest target of condemnable terror act— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) November 12, 2016
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.
Edhi Foundation in charge, Lasbella Hakeem Lassi, said more than 500 people were in the shrine at the time of dhamaal, while confirming the death toll, he told Geo News that more than 100 people were also injured and the injured were being shifted to a hospital for medical treatment.
Emergency services were facing problems in reaching the shrine due to its remote location and poor communication infrastructure. The shrine is also located in hilly terrain.
"People who are critically injured in the blast will be transported to Karachi," said Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti.
Since no major hospital is located near the shrine, the injured are to be shifted to Karachi for further treatment. Many injured are being shifted in private vehicles.
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.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has expressed his grief over the killing of innocents and condemned the blast.
In October, heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 61 people and wounding at least 117.
The attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group.
In August, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta`s Civil Hospital killing at least 70 people and leaving scores injured, majority of those killed were lawyers.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), had claimed responsibility for the bombing.
This is not the first time that extremists have targeted a shrine in Balochistan. This is the third major incident of a bomb going off in the province since August. Political leaders including Imran Khan and Maryam Nawaz Sharif have condemned the blast at Noorani shrine.