NEW DELHI: A Daesh suicide bomber targeted the famous Lal Shehbaz Qalander shrine on Thursday, in Southern Pakistan killing at least 72 people including women and children and injuring over 100 others.
The explosion took place at the spot where 'Dhamaal' Sufi ritual was being performed within the premises of the shrine. A stampede followed the blast in the premises of the shrine where a large number of devotees, including women and children were present, police said .
According to a state-run Pakistani Television, authorities have transfered at least 37 bodies to the hospital following the deadly attack.
A Senior police official said "The attacker detonated his suicide jacket when hundreds of worshipers were performing thgeir weekly music dance- called Dhamal - at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar," named after famous Sufi saint buried there, in the town of Sehwar in the Southern Sindh province of Punjab.
The Islamic State group has claimed the attack on their Aamaq new Agency, saying a suicide bomber had targeted a "Shia gathering" at the shrine.
However , Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemning the bombing said he had vowed to fight militants.
"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims," Sharif said.
"But we can't let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle of the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity."
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah ordered rescue operation and government announced emergency in the hospitals of the nearby Jamshooro and Hydrabad district. Meanwhile, reports say that Pakistani Air Force's transport plane would airlift the injured.
The attack comes after a day at least seven people were killed and sevral other injured , including judges, in two separate attacks in Pakistan's restive northwestern region. The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility of those attacks.
Earlier on Monday a suicide bomber struck police escorting a protest rally in Lahore. The blast jolted through the crowd of hundreds of pharmacists, who were protesting new amendments to a law government drug sales. Six police officials, including a former provincial counter terrorism chief, were among the 134 killed in the attack which was claimed by the jamat-ul-hrr.