A suicide bombing in a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan has killed at least 75 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack that was the deadliest to hit Pakistan so far this year. The bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in the town of Sehwan, in Sindh province, police said.
The shrine was crowded as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray there. Pakistan’s leaders vowed revenge for the attack which came after a surge of attacks this week shattered a period of improving security in the militancy-plagued country.
Security officials said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead. At least 250 others were wounded, a senior police official told the BBC. The only hospital in the area was said to be overwhelmed. Raja Somro, who witnessed the attack, told a local TV network that hundreds of people were performing a spiritual dance known as the Dhamal when the bomber struck.