Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan

Pakistan Sufi shrine: At least 13 killed in Baluchistan

The shrine is located at a remote place and the nearest hospital in the area can only accommodate 12 people, so the rescue teams are shifting the injured people to hospital in neighboring districts.

"The suicide bomber struck outside the shrine at a time when it was packed with people attending anniversary celebrations of Syed Cheesal Shah", said senior local administration official Asad Kakar, referring to the local saint.

He added that one police constable was killed while attempting to stop the suicide bomber from entering the shrine, while two other policemen were injured in the blast.

Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister, said "terrorists have shown their inhumaneness by attacking innocent civilians" at the shrine.

"We have received 16 bodies at the local hospital and many injured".

A suicide bomber killed 52 people and wounded over 100 at a Baluchistan Sufi shrine in November a year ago, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on the Islamic State-linked Aamaq news agency.

The incident took place in Jhal Magsi district of the province after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to a shrine.

Meanwhile, Balochistan Home Minister said that he has instructed concerned authorities to respond immediately.

Security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area after the blast.

Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the provincial government, said the death toll could rise further as some of the wounded remained in critical condition.

Local government official Ahmed Aziz Tarrar said 16 people were killed and over 30 wounded in the blast.