According to police, the bomber blew himself up among devotees in the shrine, which was filled with people as Thursday is considered a sacred day for Muslims to pray. The attack was claimed by ISIS.
Due to the large scale of casualties, medical facilities near the blast weren’t able to handle the amount of injured people, so some were taken a two hours’ drive away in Jamshoro and Hyderabad.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has condemned the attack and vowed to fight Islamist militants saying,
“The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims. But we can’t let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity.”
The Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine is one of the most popular in the country and is the latest in a string of bombings in Pakistan this week.