Over 15 dead in Shah Noorani Shrine blast

Over a dozen people are dead and scores 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, police 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 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.

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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.

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