HUB – Over 30 people are dead and at least hundred of others injured after a bomb went off in the crowded Shah Noorani Shrine in Hub town of Balochistan’s Lasbela District on Saturday evening, Edhi sources said.
Details coming from local TV reports suggest the blast occurred near the courtyard at the shrine where devotees were performing Dhamal on Saturday.
Rescue teams reached the scene and started shifting the injured to nearby hospitals. The process, according to officials, will however take at least six hours.
Emergency has been imposed in Civil Hospital Karachi, AMS Dr. Abdul Qadir said.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti immediately responded to the incident, saying the provincial administration was focused on saving maximum human lives.
He also confirmed that an ambulance chopper could not be used in the rescue operation due to darkness in the mountainous region, an area with no cellular network coverage.
The fateful incident occurs a day after the law enforcement agencies killed commander of a banned outfit during an action in Hub area.
In a joint action, late on Thursday night, Rangers, Frontier Corps and police gunned down commander Arif alias Saqib of banned outfit Jundullah, after exchange of fire.
Arif was mastermind of suicide attacks in Karachi and Balochistan. Huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized during the action. Meanwhile, a widespread operation has also been launched to hunt for his accomplices.
Hub is an industrial city and its original name was Hub Chowki because once there was a police and customs check post, named Nakahi.
Hazrat Baba Shah Noorani’s Shrine, which is more than 500 years old, is located in Hub in Balochistan province. It is surrounded by a striking mountain range where one can find a diversity of animal life.
Shah Noorani has been the abode of many Sufi Saints belonging to various schools of thought. It is also believed that the Prophet Noah tied his boat at this place after the great Deluge. According to the local tradition even Adam also lived here for some time.
There are “Chillagahs” (worship cells) of almost every prominent Sufi saint such as Hazrat Qalandar Lal Shahbaz, Khawaja Moeenuddin Chishti Ajmeri, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, etc.
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