Islamic State Claims Southern Pakistan Bombing that Killed at Least 60

30 dead as bomb rips through Lal Shahbaz Shrine in Sehwan

At least 70 people died Thursday when a bomb ripped through a crowded Sufi shrine in Pakistan, police said, the deadliest attack to hit the militancy-plagued country so far in 2017.

According to reports, at least 100 people, including children and women, have been injured in the blast.

Numbers of causalities and injuries could get high as influx of people frequents shrine on Thursdays. As per sources, hundreds of people have been reportedly injured in the powerful explosion.

"The explosion happened, and everyone started running", he said, speaking from a hospital in Sehwan. "I saw blood. I saw people injured and dead bodies".

A year ago on November 12, at least 65 people were killed and over 100 others were injured when a suicide bomber struck Shah Noorani Shrine in Khuzdar district of Balochistan.

Military units are airlifting the wounded to nearby hospitals, according to Maj.

"The medical facilities at Sehwan are not equipped to deal with a very big emergency, so our first priority right now is to get help to the wounded".

The shrine has been named after the famous Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, who lays buried there.

Thursday's attack was the deadliest in Pakistan since December 16, 2014, when militants assaulted an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 154 people, mostly schoolchildren.

The attack took place at the revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town, some 200 km northeast of the port city of Karachi.

The U.S. Department of State condemned the attack at the auto dealership, stating that the bombing showed ISIS's "utter contempt for human life and its efforts to sow discord and division among the Iraqi people". This is the seventh blast reported in a week in Pakistan.

"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims", Mr Sharif said.

The country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and directed hospital authorities to provide best possible medical treatment to the injured people. "We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity", Sharif said.

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