ISIS bombing in Pakistan and Iraq kills 150 people on Thursday
17 February 2017
Karachi/Baghdad, (Only Kashmir): Nearly 100 people were killed and several injured tonight when an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up inside the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town, some 200 KM northeast of Karachi, in a string of deadly blasts this week in Pakistan. In a similar type attack a car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people.
In Karachi Pakistan, the bomber entered the shrine through its Golden gate and blew himself up near the site where the ritual of sufi dance ‘Dhamal’ was taking place. He first threw a grenade, which failed to explode, SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat said.
Hundreds of devotees were present inside the premises of the vast mausoleum of the saint at the time of blast.
The ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying a suicide bomber had targeted a “Shiite gathering” at the shrine in Sindh.
A car packed with explosives blew up on Thursday in southern Baghdad, killing at least 51 people and wounding 55, security and medical sources said, in the deadliest such attack in Iraq this year.
Islamic State, which is on the defensive after losing control of eastern Mosul to a US-backed Iraqi military offensive, claimed responsibility for the bombing in an online statement. (OK)