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Friday Feb 17, 2017
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IN PICTURES: Devotees, dervishes left reeling after Sehwan bombing

By
Web Desk
IN PICTURES: Devotees, dervishes left reeling after Sehwan bombing

Adding to the list of horrific terrorist attacks, Thursday's suicide bombing at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan, Sindh, claimed the lives of at least 88 people and injured 343 others, according to representatives of hospital and police.

The fifth suicide attack this week took place inside the Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalanar's dargah at a time when the weekly dhamaal was in full swing.

 

Pakistani security personnel deployed outside the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan a day after a bomb blew up in the town. AFP/ASIF HASSAN
Pakistani security personnel deployed outside the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan a day after a bombing in the town. AFP/ASIF HASSAN

 

Officials confirmed the suicide bombing took place inside the complex of the shrine, with eyewitnesses saying the explosion caused people to panic, leading to a stampede inside the crowded place.

 

Broken fixtures and dividers lie after the suicide blast at ths shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif
Broken fixtures and dividers lie after the deadly suicide blast at the shrine of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Sindh.

 

A doll lies on the ground at the 13th century shrine of Muslim Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar a day after the bomb attack. AFP/ASIF HASSAN
A doll lies on the ground at the 13th-century shrine of Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar one day after the bomb attack. AFP

 

Slippers and a baby feeder of blast victims lie on the ground at the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine. AFP / ASIF HASSAN
Slippers and a baby feeder of the blast victims lie on the ground at the blast in 13th century Sufi shrine. AFP

 

Slippers of blast victims lie on the ground at the 13th century Muslim Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. AFP / ASIF HASSAN
Slippers of the blast victims lie on the ground at the 13th century Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. AFP

 

Broken
A half-shattered glass is seen on the floor of 13th-century shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar following the gruesome terrorist attack in Sehwan.

 

Pakistani devotees shout slogans against the bomb attack on the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. AFP / ASIF HASSAN
Pakistani devotees shout slogans against the bomb attack on the shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. AFP 

 

The incident left not only the bereaved families devastated but also the locals who went outside the shrine to protest on Friday morning.

 

Women devotees gather outside a closed entrance of a hall to get in to search for their belongings, at the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan Sharif. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Women devotees gather outside a closed entrance of a hall to get in to search for their belongings at the tomb Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, Sehwan Sharif. February 17, 2017. REUTERS

 

A Pakistani mother (2L) mourns along with others over the coffin of her son, 13-year-old blast victim Zeeshan, during his funeral in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province. AFP / ASIF HASSAN
A Pakistani mother (second from left) mourns, along with others, over the coffin of her son, the 13-year-old blast victim Zeeshan, during his funeral in Sehwan, Sindh. AFP

 

Men comfort each other as they attend the funeral of a relative who was killed in a suicide blast at the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
Men comfort each other as they attend the funeral of a relative killed in suicide blast at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine. February 17, 2017. REUTERS

 

A man mourns the death of a relative who was killed in a suicide blast at the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
A man mourns the death of a relative killed in the suicide blast at the tomb of Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. February 17, 2017. REUTERS

 

Pakistani devotees react as they gather outside the closed gate of the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar a day after AFP / ASIF HASSAN
Pakistani devotees react as they gather outside the closed gate of the shrine of 13th century Muslim Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar a day after the terrorist bombing. AFP

 

The shrine
The shrine's caretaker told AFP he will not bow down to terrorists; standing amidst the carnage at 3:30 am, he defiantly rings the bell, a daily ritual he has vowed to continue till his last breath

 

A man beats his head as he mourns the death of a relative who was killed in a suicide blast. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro
A man beats his head as he mourns the death of a relative who was killed in a suicide blast. February 17, 2017. REUTERS

 

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