45 killed at religious shrine in Pakistan by ISIS suicide bomber
A suicide bomb attack killed at least 45 people during a religious ceremony in the remote mountains of Pakistan Saturday evening, according to local law enforcement.
Through its media wing Amaq, ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast on a Sufi shrine in the Lasbela district of Balochistan, 120 miles from Karachi.
About 500 people had assembled to perform a Sufi ritual at the Shah Noorani Shrine when the bomb went off, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, the home minister of Balochistan province.
The remoteness of the region is making it difficult to get emergency services to the area, he said.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif issued a statement, condemning the blast and ordering federal and provincial authorities to “bring the perpetrators to task immediately.”
Imran Khan, the head of the Tehreek-e-Insaf party and a former cricketer, said the attack hit at the “core” of Pakistan’s society.
In September, Pakistan’s military acknowledged for the first time that ISIS had a presence in the country.
In October, ISIS attacked a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan killing 61 and injuring 117.