Pakistan’s Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Sufi shrine was attacked by a suicide bomber on Thursday. At least 40 people killed and 60 wounded.
ISIS, also known as ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), claims responsibility for the deadly attack.
Sufi worshipers were performing a ritual at the shrine in the Sindh Province, as stated by Al Jazeera News.
Sikandar Mandhro, Sindh’s health minister, said “There was a huge crowd gathered there for the [religious gathering] at the shrine, and there was a very big explosion.”
“The medical facilities at Sehwan are not equipped to deal with a very big emergency, so our first priority right now is to get help to the wounded.”
The closest hospital to the shrine is around 43 miles away by road.
Eyewitness Nazakat Ali was praying when the bomb exploded.
“The explosion happened, and everyone started running,” he told Al Jazeera, speaking from a hospital in Sehwan. “We were pushed out, there were so many people. I saw blood. I saw people injured and dead bodies.”
Every Thursday, hundreds to thousands of people enact the Sufi tradition of dhamaal – a dance where you are cleansing yourself from evil spirits. This day signifies the death of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.
In November, at least 52 people were killed in a suicide attack on a shrine to Sufi saint Shah Noorani in Balochistan province, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.
On the Monday before this suicide bomber attack, 13 people were also killed by a suicide bombing rally in Lahore.
The Wednesday after, there was a suicide bombing in a government office in the Mohmand tribal area and a suicide attack and on government employees in Peshawar, killing 6 people.
On Tuesday, two police officers were killed while trying to defuse a bomb in the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta.