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Pakistan mourns victims of shrine blast

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:03

Residents and relatives of victims of the blast at a shrine in Sehwan, Pakistan, mourn the deaths of more than 70 people. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Pakistan's Sehwan town on Friday (February 17) mourned the victims of a deadly blast that killed at least 72 people a day earlier. A suicide bomber attacked a crowded Sufi shrine in the town on Thursday (February 16) in the deadliest of a wave of bombings across the South Asian nation this week. Thirty of the dead were children, as the attackers targeted the women's wing of the shrine. Three days of mourning are to be observed across Sindh province, where the national flag will fly at half-mast. Other provinces have also announced a day of mourning. On Friday, a shrine worker played the drum as part of tradition to open the shrine for devotees in the early morning. Police and personnel from other law enforcement agencies stood guard outside the shrine, which was closed to devotees after the blast. Islamic State, the Middle East-based militant group which has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's affiliated news agency AMAQ reported. Shortly after the blast, the army announced it was closing the border with Afghanistan with immediate effect for security reasons. Insurgents operate on either side of the neighbors' long and porous frontier. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quickly condemned the bombing, decrying the assault on the Sufi religious minority.

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Pakistan mourns victims of shrine blast

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:03