Iran condemns Pakistan's Baluchistan terrorist attack

Posted October 07, 2017

Ghasemi, Spokesman of Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, shared sympathies with Pakistani nation, government and victims' families adding "these brutal attacks are aimed at causing insecurity in Pakistan and spearing sedition and religious disputes". "Awareness and unity are required to fight terrorism and eradicate violence in Pakistan", he said.

At least 18 people, including a police constable, were killed and more than 30 injured in a suicide attack on a Sufi shrine while a "dhamaal", a form of devotional dance, was in progress in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday.

The suicide explosion left at least 18 people killed and 25 others wounded.

Given critical conditions facing the injured, it is likely the number of casualties to be increased. Thursdays are considered days of spiritual significance by followers of Sufi saints and the presence of devotees, including women and children, is far greater in shrines than on other days of the week. In March, 2005, at least 35 people were killed when a suicide bomber exploded himself at the shrine.

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack in a brief statement carried by its propaganda "Amaq" news agency. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack and vowed that his government will act against militants with full might.

The bomber detonated his explosives vest when he was stopped for a routine search by a police officer guarding the shrine in the village of Jhal Masgi, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.