The latest in a string of large bombings targeting Sufi shrines in Pakistan, ISIS today sent a suicide bomber to the gate of the shrine to Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, killing at least 75 people and wounding hundreds of others.
According to Pakistani media reports which quoted police officials, the attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan town was a suicide attack. The blast killed three and injured 21 people, a local official said.
The Pakistan army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, ordered the military to begin rescue operations and to help civilians administer medical care to victims.
ISIL claimed the attack through its online Amaq propaganda agency, which also attributed a deadly auto bombing in southern Baghdad to the extremist group.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted a "Shiite gathering". "A huge number of people come to the shrine every Thursday to take part in ritual dances and prayers".
Over 100 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in eight suicide attacks and bomb blasts across the country in recent days.
A driver died in the second attack, when a bomber on a motorbike rammed a government van carrying four judges in the city of Peshawar.
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In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the blast and said the attack had targeted the progressive and inclusive future of Pakistan.
Isis also claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on police cadets in the city of Quetta past year, thought to be a joint operation with various jihadi groups.
Munawar Maiser, a deputy commissioner in the Sindh province said at least 50 people were killed and 150 wounded in the attack.
"Your security forces shall not allow hostile powers to succeed".
The dreaded Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. "No more restraint for anyone".
Pakistan army spokesman, Maj.