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Rescue workers and volunteers carry an injured victim of a bomb blast. -AP
Rescue workers and volunteers carry an injured victim of a bomb blast. -AP

At least 52 people were killed and 102 were injured on Saturday evening in a bombing at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan, DawnNews reported.

"52 people have died and dozens injured in the incident," confirmed Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti.

Bugti also hinted towards foreign involvement in the attack. It was not confirmed whether the bombing was a suicide attack or a remote detonation.

What we know so far

  • Blast within the premises of the shrine
  • At least 52 killed, 102 people injured
  • Difficulty in reaching site of incident due to its remote location
  • No major hospital nearby
  • 50 ambulances dispatched from Karachi
  • Emergency declared in Karachi hospitals

The explosion took place at the spot where the dhamaal (Sufi ritual) was being performed, within the premises of the shrine.

“Every day, around sunset, there is a dhamaal here, and there are large numbers of people who come for this,” said Nawaz Ali, the shrine's custodian.

At the time of the blast, there were at least 500 people gathered at the spot to view the performance, said Abdul Hakim Lasi, a senior Edhi official in Khuzdar district.

The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack, reported Reuters.

Rescue workers and volunteers unload an injured victim of bomb blast. -AP
Rescue workers and volunteers unload an injured victim of bomb blast. -AP

Security forces reached the spot of the incident and established a cordon around it. Emergency services faced difficulty in reaching the site of the bombing due to its remote location and poor communication infrastructure.

The shrine is also located in hilly terrain, which further added to the difficulties faced by emergency services.

Electricity services were disrupted following the explosion, hampering rescue efforts further. Electric power to the shrine was supplied with generators, DawnNews reported.

A control room was also established in Quetta to coordinate rescue efforts.

Army teams dispatched

On orders from the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, army troops and medical teams were dispatched to the Shah Noorani shrine to provide medical and rescue services to the injured, said a tweet from the Inter-Services Public relations.

Army medical teams treated the wounded at the location.

ISPR also said the route and terrain was difficult, adding to the time to reach the site of the bombing.

Further reinforcements and additional 45 army ambulances were also dispatched to the scene of the bombing, with additional support from Sindh Rangers.

The army's media wing added that helicopter evacuation of the wounded will be attempted, as no airstrip was present nearby to land larger aircraft.

Two army helicopters were sent from Quetta to evacuate the injured.

Lack of medical facilities

Two platoons of the Frontier Corps reached the shrine with medical and rescue equipment, and were one of the first teams to initiate rescue operations.

No major hospital is located near the shrine, reportedly the injured were being shifted in private vehicles.

A FC soldier stands guard next to injured blast victim awaiting treatment in an ambulance at a hospital in Hub. -AFP
A FC soldier stands guard next to injured blast victim awaiting treatment in an ambulance at a hospital in Hub. -AFP

An emergency was also declared in hospitals of Khuzdar and Karachi. The only hospital in the district is Civil Hospital Khuzdar, which was not equipped to handle the scope of the emergency.

On instructions of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, around 50 ambulances were dispatched from Karachi to the Shah Noorani shrine. He also condemned the attack and expressed grief over the lives lost.

The injured began to arrive in Karachi hospitals hours after the bombing took place.

"At least 12 bodies have been brought to the hospital,” a medico-legal officer, Dr. Abdul Ghaffar Shaikh told Dawn.

The medico-legal officer said that around 20 to 26 injured were brought for treatment to the hospital. The hospital administration also issued a list of the casualties.

“People who are critically injured in the blast will be transported to Karachi," said the home minister of the province soon after the bombing.

President of National Party Mir Hasil Bizenjo earlier said the death toll can increase if the federal or Sindh government do not provide helicopters for evacuating the injured.

Eyewitnes said he was watching the dhamal with the bomb struck

"There are no helicopters available with the provincial government to evacuate the injured," confirmed Anwar Kakar, a spokesperson for the Balochistan government.

While answering a question regarding security measures in Balochistan, the home minister had said “If there is security lapse on part of the state, those responsible will be held accountable".

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the bombing in separate statements.

Following the attack on the Shah Noorani shrine, security was tightened across major Sufi shrines in the country.

The shrine is frequented by a large number of devotees on Friday, and is visited by people from across the country. Iranian nationals also frequent the shrine. It is approximately 150 kilometres from Karachi.

Earlier attacks

In October, heavily-armed militants wearing suicide vests stormed a police academy in Quetta, killing at least 61 people and wounding at least 117.

Three gunmen burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters home to some 700 recruits, and sent terrified young men aged between 15 and 25 fleeing.

Communication intercepts showed the attack was carried out by Al-Alimi faction of the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi (LJ) militant group.

A man carries a boy injured after a bomb blast at a hospital in the Hub district. -AFP
A man carries a boy injured after a bomb blast at a hospital in the Hub district. -AFP

In August, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital killing at least 70 people and leaving scores injured, majority of those killed were lawyers.

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), had claimed responsibility for the bombing which occurred at the gates of the building housing the emergency ward.

Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of violence and targeted killings for over a decade. More than 1,400 incidents targeting the minority Shia and Hazara community have taken place in the province during the past 15 years.

The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region. The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.

File footage of shrine

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves. Initial reports in the media can sometimes be inaccurate. We will strive to ensure timeliness and accuracy by relying on credible sources such as concerned, qualified authorities and our staff reporters.

Comments (105) Closed

Saleem Nov 12, 2016 06:40pm

So sad

Umreekan_Sundi Nov 12, 2016 06:46pm

Facing difficulties in reaching the place?? Our governors, prime ministers, chief ministers, top politicians even many businessmen roam around in helicopters. Why cant we buy them for police?

Ayub Nov 12, 2016 07:01pm

Very unfortunate.

brar Nov 12, 2016 07:01pm

Very sad, but how is it that it is difficult to reach the site of incedent helicopers are readily available for politicians other Govt functioneries but not for poor peoples.

Thought Nov 12, 2016 07:06pm

Sad to hear , condolences to the effected families And deepest curse to cunning enemies of Pak

Karim Nov 12, 2016 07:07pm

What's happening?

J. Gamble Nov 12, 2016 07:07pm

This bloodshed of innocent people must stop.

Thought Nov 12, 2016 07:11pm

Shame on Enemies for soft targets , this shows your last efforts, since Pak Army has already ripped you apart .

Zealot Nov 12, 2016 07:12pm

Quetta,peshawar,and those bordering Afghanistan are soft targets for terrorists as terrorists can cross porous afghan border,taking coverr of hills and mountains.Even Installing a watch tower too is difficult in such area.Airforce need to search and hunt the Terrorists in these areas USING LASER GUIDED DRONES and fighter Jets through Thermal imaging

B R Chawla Nov 12, 2016 07:13pm

This heinous crime against innocent devotees is deplorable Govt must rush aid and help immediately

AYAZ ABBASI Nov 12, 2016 07:17pm

Very unfortunate incident! LEAs+Govt must ensure quick response to the injured people! I have visited this shrine, there is much communication gape. No proper road and and phone as well.

Shakeel M Kamgar Nov 12, 2016 07:20pm

Simple enough, some one does not want CPEC to succeed.

Muhammad Saleem Munshi Nov 12, 2016 07:23pm

I request Raheel Sharif to direct AMC Army Medical Corps to immediately help the injured and shift them to hospitals in Karachi by Air Ambulances. Civilian facilities are non existent for this emergency except that Faisal Edhi has departed with a convoy of 12 ambulances to the venue and would take some time to reach it.

Uncle osAma Nov 12, 2016 07:24pm

Very sad - we must eliminate all prejudice and end terrorism

karakaranjan Nov 12, 2016 07:30pm

Very sad.I just do not understand what people gain by targeting religious shrines?

PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) Nov 12, 2016 07:31pm

RIP poor souls. I am very sad for my country-mates I don't know when will this madness be stopped.

OSAMABIN Nov 12, 2016 07:35pm

@PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) the answer is never

Lafanga Nov 12, 2016 07:36pm

We all know who these murderers are and who is supporting them. No sane person or group will target women and children like this. I request Pak army to take the gloves off and hunt these killers down be it in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

wisdom Nov 12, 2016 07:37pm

@Thought: Heartfelt condolences from an Indian.

Ash Man Nov 12, 2016 07:40pm

Religious shrines are soft targets with many people and little security. Politicians issue mandatory condolence messages and divert public anger. Hardly any action is ever taken against the terrorists.

Messenger Nov 12, 2016 07:42pm

So sad! RIP.

Solah aanne Nov 12, 2016 07:43pm

Another heinous crime.

citizen41 Nov 12, 2016 07:42pm

why can't the pak-afghan border be sealed

A shah Nov 12, 2016 07:43pm

Always sad to see such a waste of life.

Amjad Khan Nov 12, 2016 07:43pm

Many friends are writing Sad Unfortunate Tragic Rest In Peace .When is this country going to get away from moaning and groaning and have the nerve to point to the source of this evil ideology which promotes destruction of shrines and dargahs of pious people and indulges in slaughter of innocent women and children.Please stop crying and open your eyes.We Muslims are our worst enemies.

NSh Nov 12, 2016 07:44pm

So sad...

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Nov 12, 2016 07:45pm

RAW and its affiliates in full action.

ShriNk Nov 12, 2016 07:47pm

Just imagine, the nearest facility where serious patients can be treated is Located 400 km away in Karachi...the poor of this country has many killers.

guLSHAN Nov 12, 2016 07:48pm

Condolences from an Indian citizen.

Namo Nov 12, 2016 07:50pm

@Lafanga very sad incident

fateh alam sheikh Nov 12, 2016 07:51pm

CM Baluchistan should Immediatly put request to CORP COMMANDER for helicopters for aerial evacuation of affected persons to karachi/Quetta

SB Nov 12, 2016 07:52pm

Madness continues...Inocent killed ... Is this way of living ...RIP

sindhi Nov 12, 2016 07:55pm

Plz help us god

Maqsood Nov 12, 2016 07:56pm

@Shakeel M Kamgar of course

Sam Nov 12, 2016 07:57pm

Very sad. May god give strength to the families of the victims.

TaiMoor khan Nov 12, 2016 07:59pm

Enemy nations are getting desparet at a time when CPEC is kick starting. Pakistan much launch offensive defense as a deterence against these nations.

schali Nov 12, 2016 08:00pm

@Umreekan_Sundi Sadly true,

Kuppudu Nov 12, 2016 07:59pm

This is a very sad and unfortunate. The frequency with which such incidents happen angers me more. I pray for those who got killed.

Shahzad Ikhlaq Nov 12, 2016 08:00pm

RAW, NDS nexus at work in Balochistan again, don't know what these people get by killing innocent people.

Chisti Nov 12, 2016 08:01pm

Very very sad, security and safety of common people is not given any priority, unfortunate situation

Predict Nov 12, 2016 08:02pm

Here we are again ... Usual words by our corrupt politicians "enemy has weakened" , A committee ( coming soon)

The enemy is smart...they are keeping our army busy and hurting our economy and hoping we loose our moral as well..

SVK Nov 12, 2016 08:04pm

OMG, It's very sad. My heart goes to all those who lost their life and their relatives. Lets there be peace in Pakistan and South Asia. Whoever reason for these inhuman killing of innocent civilians have to punished.

Nasir Nov 12, 2016 08:03pm

Enough is enough how many more lives will be sacrificed why there is no action taken after every attacks?

Karim Nov 12, 2016 08:03pm

@Shakeel M Kamgar if that is the case they would attack cpec infra rather than a dargha

Desi Dimag Nov 12, 2016 08:04pm

Very sad, the madness must be stopped.

Indian Nov 12, 2016 08:09pm


FAhim Nov 12, 2016 08:09pm

When this will end? why security forces failed again& again?Once again there is a big Questn Mark on our intelligence ability?

DJ Nov 12, 2016 08:09pm

These are sad events and they strengthen my resolve to root out corruption from our society because it is mostly due to this we have a weak infrastructure and institutions.

Truth Nov 12, 2016 08:10pm

I wonder if ANY security agency in Pakistan knows anything about securing a crime scene; preserving evidence for investigation; forensics and avoiding contamination of potential evidence, authorized access to a crime scene to only qualified personnale etc..

Here a police officer is seen, next to what appears to be a civilian, sifting through the blast site, with his bare hands, with no apparatus to avoid contamination or disturbing clues to the source of the material used in the blast; no tape to secure the site from public etc...

I have yet to see any published investigation results after in Pakistan, after numerous such incidents? Never have any agency come forward to point out convincingly who were the culprits, what arsenal was used; where was it manufactured; who may have supplied it; if they recovered any DNA, finger prints or other evidence from the scene to pin point individuals - living or deceased, and what follow ups are being considered. No answers are provided...

Jeeva Nov 12, 2016 08:14pm


pran Nov 12, 2016 08:20pm

india and pakistan both try to show they are better than each other but they not instead of being an apple of discord to each other..they can play constructive role in each others misery...

Abbas Naqvi Nov 12, 2016 08:23pm

The evil forces of terrorism have struck again killing scores of innocent people. Balochistan has seen some of the deadliest terrorist attacks this year. We need to intensify our fight against terrorism with special focus on Balochistan. The enemy design is to destabilize Pakistan, but these conspiracies won't succeed. The nation is determined to rid the country of terrorism and defeat the enemy on all fronts.

Aks Nov 12, 2016 08:22pm

No helicoptes for the injured? Are they second class citizens?

mind Nov 12, 2016 08:26pm

@Nasir it is very sad.

Mahmood Nov 12, 2016 08:27pm

A committee will no doubt be setup to probe this incident..

In the meantime a lowly police officer has conducted his own investigation on the scene - with his bare hands - yet no evidence or clues were collected in zip loc bag to submit to a lab or forensics, no eye- witnesses, and no leads!!!

The committee will meet weekly at a 5-star hotel to review progress, no doubt!! Lunch with coffee, with pasteries will be served!!

Raghu Nov 12, 2016 08:29pm

this is very sad movement & we must condemn the attack. what did they achieve by killing civilians? very pathetic incident. my deep condolences to the people lost their loved.

Shahbaz Ali Nov 12, 2016 08:33pm

very Sad news, Carnage of innocent people is still continue in our country. behind this attack, Indian (RAW) is involved because Indians did not want to see that Pakistan is progressing, however our army must tighten the security in afgan boarder to Stop these terrorits activies.

M. Malik Nov 12, 2016 08:35pm

This is what is known as 'Progress' according to Nawaz Sharif. This is how 'secure' he has made everyone in Pakistan.. and his NAP (No Action Plan) speaks for itself!

khan Nov 12, 2016 08:45pm

all the indian sponsored terror networks should be eliminated.

Haji Ahmed Ghanchi Nov 12, 2016 08:51pm

Really very deplorable incident, Again Balochistan is under terrorist attack. The government should carryout immediate measures to provide relief to the victims of the terrorist attack.

Aime Nov 12, 2016 08:55pm

Today everyone in the Government is to be blamed--Federal and provincial- all of them are guilty. They only talk the talk and miserably fail to walk the walk.

M. Siddique Nov 12, 2016 09:04pm

These criminals must be hunted down and eliminated. People must get united behind security forces.

M. Siddique Nov 12, 2016 09:04pm

@Umreekan_Sundi, Or these powerful people can lend their helicopters for rescue operations.

tayyab Nov 12, 2016 09:06pm

I think this will not stop until we arrange the proper border managment system with Afghanistan,Much terrorist are easily cross the border

Sardar Singh Nov 12, 2016 09:09pm

Strongly condemn any type of terrorists attack on any soil. These people who killed innocent people are not human. Condolence from an Indian.

Think twice. Nov 12, 2016 09:09pm

Shameless, heartless people doing mindless killing. God will punish these extremists. Killers will go to hell.

Ali Nov 12, 2016 09:10pm

Keep on playing with the accountability game and do no remedy. Well done Government of Pakistan.

Rajesh kumar Nov 12, 2016 09:12pm

This is very heinous crime to attack on devotees. Don't know what the attacker want to achieve by this kind of attacks.

Sanjeeb Bose Nov 12, 2016 09:11pm

How can anyone do such a heinous act of killing innocents ? It is beyond my imagination ...

Hammad Ahmad Khan Nov 12, 2016 09:13pm

It is immensely disappointing

Think twice. Nov 12, 2016 09:14pm

Killers may escape from police; But, they cannot escape from God.

Hammad Ahmad Khan Nov 12, 2016 09:14pm

Cannot understand as to why such ugly and unfortunate things happen, there is no humanity anywhere

nasir siddique Nov 12, 2016 09:29pm

Lets add them to the toll. Can anyone explain why this happens in our country? Who is responsible?

Lost cause Nov 12, 2016 09:44pm

What is happening in Pakistan. This is intolerable. My heart goes out to families of sufferers. This is painful and against teachings of Sufis. For muslims and other people of the sub continent Sufis are part of our culture. The teaching of Sufi saints is inspirational to most of the people of the sub continent. Tolerance is under treat from radicals.

One Nov 12, 2016 09:49pm

condemn attack on civilians !

Shubhendu Nov 12, 2016 10:00pm

Sad and angry.

Aditya sharma Nov 12, 2016 10:00pm

Heart felt deep condolences from all Indians

jamal pasha Nov 12, 2016 10:06pm

Well, there are no hospitals near by and ambulances are being called from another province, that speak volumes about the dire conditions of Baluchistan. Indeed it is a failure of both political government who failed to tackle provide basic public services owing to corruption, and military who resorted to force and intensified separatism in the province.

Bunty Nov 12, 2016 10:25pm

Very unfortunate! Anyone doing this should not be spared.

Krishna Nov 12, 2016 10:46pm

Unfortunate. Extremely sorry to hear this.

Krishna Bhargav Nov 12, 2016 11:00pm

Condolences to the dead.... Wishing A speedy recovery of the injured, spare none of the culprits Pakistan, blood build when we see something like this.... We are with you

jamil Nov 12, 2016 11:25pm

Why couldn't we use helicopters?

Humanity First Nov 12, 2016 11:29pm

Very sad. Condolences. These heinous acts against Humanity are deplorable. We all need to unite against all forms of terrorism and not let the leaders who divide humans based on religions, countries, regions and sects get away with excuses and blame games. If we stop supporting these leaders and organizations and fight againat hate and racism, these carnages will stop. God will eventually punish these narrow minded fanatics.

Jalbani Baloch Nov 12, 2016 11:33pm

Very sad and our heart goes with prayers to the families, who lost their loved ones.

Rasik Nov 12, 2016 11:58pm

very sad, RIP.

Mango man Nov 13, 2016 12:41am

These terrorists are so inhuman.

Muhammad Arshad Nov 13, 2016 12:41am

Such a sad incident

rehan Nov 13, 2016 12:47am

This has to stop... now

XoF Nov 13, 2016 12:50am

CPEC will go on like a lion.

Nation must acknowledge that we are at a forefront of the most complex and biggest modern warfare ever, and hence must stay alert and prepared, contribute towards peace.

kumar nair Nov 13, 2016 12:56am


Pathanoo Nov 13, 2016 01:09am

PLEASE!! Stop this mindless hatred and kiling. Live and let live.

super dawn Nov 13, 2016 02:44am

a very un- islamic act by targeting innocent civilians . what is the world coming to . People are not safe in mosques and shrines. is it also related to sectarian killing? Why is the government not taking actions against the terrorists. they are squarely to blame for inaction.

Sandeep Rathore Nov 13, 2016 02:44am

RIP ! Better to Build Hospitals with the help of CPEC. Rather,building Bridges,Hydro Dams with the help of China !

M Akram Nov 13, 2016 03:30am

Another sad day for the long suffering people of Pakistan.

Nayan Nov 13, 2016 05:44am

My heart fills with sorrow and eyes with tears. Each of us must respond with equal sound. These guys are enemies of humanity they have no religion.

sk Nov 13, 2016 06:28am

Its really bad news! May their soul rest in peace! It is really paining to see common peace loving innocent people being targeted by these unholy terrorists at the behest or direction of masters who are enjoying the life with these innocent tax payer's money irrespective of any country or religion.

Prabhash agarwal Nov 13, 2016 07:24am

Shocked and feeling very sad. condolences to the affected families. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters to eliminate terrorism from world to make it a peaceful place to live. Together we will!!!

vk Nov 13, 2016 09:21am

Feel sorry for the families and friends of departed souls.. May they have strength to come through this terrible loss.

And now if something happens in Pakistan, obviously the public is hurt and sad and thats what everyone should be towards wherever lives are lost.

Chirag Nov 13, 2016 09:29am

Heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their dear one's .. sincere prayer to the almighty to give strength to the bereaved families

Pakistani Nov 13, 2016 10:06am

No amount of such cowardly acts will deter us.

Bk Nov 13, 2016 11:32am

Appeal to the gov and Pak army to pls save Quetta and Baluchistan from such meneces. Do whatever it takes to provide security to common people of Pak.

asgher Nov 13, 2016 11:59am

CPEC will be completed no matter what. Pakistan is united to finish that project!

kerala Nov 13, 2016 12:45pm

Heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their dear ones.RIP And please take measures to build a hospital there as soon as possible. This is the benefit of democracy as people can demand their needs to the elected ones, if not he or she will fail in next election. ..

RACK Nov 14, 2016 09:37am

sorry to hear sad news

E.Somapalan Nov 14, 2016 06:23pm

Teach the young that life is in living not in killing or being dead.