KARACHI: The death toll from Thursday’s suicide blast inside Lal Shahbaz Qalandar has climbed to 88 as several critically injured succumbed to their wounds, health officials have confirmed.
According to the details released by the Sindh government, 75 dead bodies were received at the hospital in Sehwan and five others at Nawabshah hospital. At least 67 bodies have been identified and 57 of them handed over to the heirs.
According to the ASP Sehwan, the suicide bomber entered the compound from the shrine’s Golden Gate and blew himself up amid devotees performing ‘dhamaal’ (a mystic dance).
The Islamic State group (IS) claimed the attack, the deadliest to hit Pakistan so far in 2017.
COAS Bajwa, in a statement, asked the nation to remain calm and exercise restraint. He said the Pakistani military won’t let the enemies succeed in their ulterior designs.
Pakistan closed the Torkham border crossing and summoned Afghan Deputy Head of Mission at the army headquarter where army officials handed over a list of most wanted 76 terrorists and asked the Kabul to take action against these militants.
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