Iran Condemns Pakistan's Balochistan Terrorist Attack

Kristopher Drake
October 7, 2017

"A suicide bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by police guards on duty outside the shrine, killing 18 people including three children under the age of 12 and two policemen, and wounding at least 27 others, 14 of them seriously", provincial home secretary Akbar Harifal told AFP.

According to Aljazeera, this same shrine, built to honour Sufi saint Pir Rakhel Shah, was also attacked on March 19, 2005, in one of the first such attacks in Pakistan.

Speaking to reporters, Deputy Commissioner Asadullah Kakar said that the attacker tried to enter the shrine and when he was stopped by the police at the main entrance, he blew himself up.

Local government official Ahmed Aziz Tarrar said 16 people were killed and over 30 wounded in the blast.

Bugti said, "Investigations are still continuing and the injured have been moved to the district headquarters hospital in Jhal Magsi".

The attack took place at Dargah Fatehpur in the Jhal Magsi district of the oil and gas rich Balochistan province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

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.

In August, a blast targeting military personnel killed 15 people and injured 32 in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan.

In a statement released by ISIS' media wing, the Amaq news agency, the Islamic State of Khorasan claimed it had sent the bomber to strike the shrine in Jhal Magsi. Islamic State has claimed a couple of recent suicide suicide bombings of Sufi shrines in Baluchistan.

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