Published: Thu, May 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Deadly bomb blast at Sufi shrine in Lahore

Deadly bomb blast at Sufi shrine in Lahore

At least nine persons, including five police personnel, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a major Sufi shrine in Pakistan's Lahore on Wednesday as the country marks the fasting month of Ramzan, officials said.

DIG Operations Lahore Ashfaq Ahmad Khan confirmed three police officials died in the blast.

He said the death toll could rise as some of the victims are in critical condition.

Although officials have yet to determine the exact nature of the blast, senior police officers and medics say it was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The blast took place at the Data Darbar Shrine on May 8 morning. Entry to Data Darbar has since been restricted.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sufis, who follow a mystical form of Islam that has been practised in South Asia for centuries, have been regularly attacked by hardline Sunni Muslim militants in the past.

"It was an attack on police that left several dead and dozens of policemen and civilians injured". In 2010, the shrine was targeted in a suicide attack that killed more than 40 people, and is heavily guarded. "People should remain aware of their surroundings when going to pray", suggested Punjab provincial minister Mian Aslam.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan condemned the attack.

The PML-N president observed that the beast of terrorism was under control in the tenure of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif.

An attack in Lahore in March previous year left nine people dead, while a major blast targeting Christians celebrating Easter in a park in 2016 killed more than 70 people.

At least nine people have been killed in a bombing at a shrine in the Pakistan city of Lahore.

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