SHIKARPUR (Web Desk) – At least 35 people killed and dozens others were injured as a result of suicide attack on Imambargarh during Friday prayers.
Police and other law enforcement agencies reached at place immediately after the attack and cordoned off the area while emergency has been declared in Civil Hospital.
Abdul Quddus, a senior police official in Shikarpur, told the media that initial investigation suggested it may have been a suicide blast but the matter will be thoroughly investigated.
“At least 20 bodies and more than 50 wounded people have been brought to the hospital,” Shaukat Memon, Shikarpur Civil Hospital medical superintendent, said.
Many children are also among dead while around 600 people were present when deadly event took place, say police sources.
All Pakistan Shia Action Committee Shikarpur president Molvi Sikandar claims that the number of casualties is higher because the hospitals in the area are not well equipped.
There were altogether no security arrangements at the Imambargah hence anybody could get into it, said an eyewitness Azhar Hussain. Hundreds of people come here for prayers and apparently checking every person is not possible, he added.
Leaders from all political and religious parties have condemned the attack. while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is present in Karachi has sought the initial investigation report.
Tahafuz-e-Azadari Council has announced three days of mourning following the blast.