Women, children among 72 killed at Pakistan Sufi shrine

(UCAN) At least 72 people, women and children among them, were killed and over 200 were injured when a suicide bomber struck the shrine of a 13th century Sufi saint in Sindh province, Pakistan on Feb. 16.

It was the latest in a series of nationwide terrorist attacks over the last five days. The death toll, it is feared, is likely to go up due to the critical condition of many of the injured.

The bomb blast took place when the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar was packed with large numbers of devotees watching a dhamal, a spiritual dance ritual which can transport performers and audience into a state of religious ecstasy.

“Preliminary investigation points to a suicide attack,” Khadim Hussain Rind, a senior police official, told media in Jamshoro, the provincial capital. “A team of forensic experts have reached the shrine to examine the place,” he said.

Rind confirmed the death of at least 72 people, including 20 children and nine women. [More]