KARACHI: Shah Noorani Shrine has been sealed and closed for the public after a deadly suicide blast killed 52 and injured 100 on Saturday evening.
The suicide blast occurred when devotees were engaged in ‘dhamaal’ at the Shah Noorani shrine near Hub in Balochistan’s Lasbella district on Saturday evening.
The shrine is located in a remote mountainous region about 200km away from Karachi. Even the nearest hospitals are at least two hours away from the location of the blast. Mobile services do not work in the area. These limitations severely hampered rescue work, resulting in loss of many lives which could otherwise have been saved, officials said.
At least 16 injured from the Shah Noorani Shrine blast were discharged from the hospital on Monday.
There are 26 injured being treated at the Civil Hospital Karachi.
Among the 52 dead, bodies of 34 have been brought to Karachi. Out of them 32 bodies have been identified and handed over to their families. For identification of the two unidentified bodies DNA tests will be conducted.
According to initial investigation the blast at the shrine was carried out by a suicide bomber who seemed like a young Afghan man. Over 7 kilogram of explosives were used in the attack and 9mm bullets were used in the suicide jacket.