Pakistan steps up security after string of attacks that leaves 75 dead

    Pakistan steps up security after string of attacks that leaves 75 dead

    Feb.17, Islamabad: Pakistan closed two of its borders with Afghanistan and asked Kabul to hand over 76 "terrorists" following a suicide attack at a crowded Sufi shrine that killed at least 75 people, media reprots said.

    The attack on Thursday was the deadliest in Pakistan since 2014. It took place during a ritual at the shrine in Sehwan in the southern Sindh province, wounding hundreds.

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the blast via its Amaq propaganda website.

    The shrine, built in 1356, is by the tomb of Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi, the Sufi philosopher poet better known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, one of Pakistan's most venerated saints, according to the reprots.

    Thursday's blast is the latest in a series of attacks across Pakistan since Monday, when 13 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a rally in the eastern city of Lahore.

    That attack was followed on Wednesday by a suicide bombing at a government office in the Mohmand tribal area and a suicide attack on government employees in Peshawar, killing six people.

    Two police officers were killed on Tuesday while trying to defuse a bomb in the Balochistan provincial capital of Quetta.

    A statement from the paramilitary Rangers said at least 18 "terrorists" had been killed in operations in Sindh overnight, while police officials said 11 more had been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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