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Shah Noorani Shrine: Initial report reveals Afghan teen carried out suicide blast

04:24 PM | 13 Nov, 2016
Shah Noorani Shrine: Initial report reveals Afghan teen carried out suicide blast
KARACHI - The blast at the Shah Noorani shrine in Balochistan on Saturday was conducted by a burka-clad suicide bomber, initial investigation has revealed.

The report confirms the attack was suicidal in nature and was carried out by a young man at 5:50 pm on Saturday. Investigative officials said the attacker looked of Afghani origin.

Also, it is revealed in the report that ball bearing was also used with explosives, whereas 9 to 12 kg explosives were used. Secret agencies had informed about two terrorists entered the country from Afghanistan and had alerted the institutions.

Balochistan’s home ministry has put the departments concerned on high alert, while an emergency has been imposed in the mountainous region around Shah Noorani shrine.

According to Online news agency, 12 Levies personnel were stationed in and around the Shah Noorani shrine at the time of the blast. There were no metal detectors and walk-through gates at the shrine.

‘ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY’

The Islamic State terrorist group, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh, claimed responsibility for the attack via Amaq, its affiliated news agency.

At least 62 killed, 100 injured in Shah Noorani Shrine blast in Khuzdar

Officials confirmed that more than 50 people including women and children were killed and over 100 wounded while local media reported 62 people have been lost their lives in deadliest blast in the province.

Balochistan, which borders Iran and Afghanistan, is afflicted by Islamist militancy, sectarian violence and a separatist insurgency.

Local militants claimed to have worked with Daesh to attack a police academy in Balochistan last month, killing 61 people in the deadliest assault on a security installation in Pakistan’s history.

In August, a suicide bombing at a Quetta hospital claimed by the Islamic State group and a faction of the Pakistani Taliban killed 73 people.

The writer is a member of the staff.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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