Pakistan which has seen a surge of terrorist attacks in last two years got another blow when a suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on February 16, killing 75 and injuring around 250 people.
According to the security officials, the bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers.
Among the casualties, there were at least 20 women and 9 children.
The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement circulated by its Aamaq news agency, saying it had targeted a â€śShiite gatheringâ€ť against which the terrorist outfit had always despised of. The Sunni extremist group views Shiites as absconders and has targeted Pakistanâ€™s Shiite minority in the past.
A witness at the site said, â€śI saw bodies everywhere. I saw bodies of women and children.â€ť