Balochistan shrine attack: Death toll mounts to 20

Authorities today gave information that the death toll in a suicide attack at a shrine in Pakistan’s Balochistan province has mounted to 20 with more than 30 others injured.

The explosion took place on Thursday evening at the entrance to the Pir Rakhel Shah dargah in Fatehpur, a small town in Jhal Magsi district, at a time when scores of people had gathered to pray.

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A district police officer said the bomber had tried to enter the shrine but a security guard stopped him, after which the attacker detonated his explosives.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti told Dawn news that “if he (the attacker) had managed to enter the dargah, the death toll would have been much higher”.

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