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Death toll in Sehwan terror attack mounts to 83

Death toll in Sehwan terror attack mounts to 83
February 17, 2017

PESHAWAR, 17 February: Death toll in Thursday’s terrorist attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif in Sindh has mounted to 83, while 250 people were also injured in the attack.

Sindh Police Chief AD Khawaja said a burqa-clad suicide bomber managed to enter the shrine and exploded the suicide vest when dhamaal was being carried out on Thursday night. The victims included 24 children and 12 women. All the injured people in the incident were taken to Sehwan Hospital.

According to the state-run PTV, the bodies of 56 victims have been handed over to heirs. The medical superintendent of the hospital said the condition of 40 injured people was critical and arrangements were being made to shift them to other hospitals of the province.

A three-day mourning over the incident is being observed in Sindh, while Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are observing one-day mourning.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said after the blast that every drop of the nation’s blood will be avenged.

Meanwhile, angry protesters set on fire a police vehicle in Sehwan on Friday.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and COAS General Bajwa also visited Sehwan Hospital to inquire after the people injured in the terror incident.

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