FM slams terrorist attack in Pakistan

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Provincial government spokesman Anwar-ul Haq told VOA that the bomber wanted to enter the main compound but blew himself up when police guards intercepted him. At least 35 people were killed in that suicide attack.

Sarfraz Bugti, the provincial home minister, said "terrorists have shown their inhumaneness by attacking innocent civilians" at the shrine.

In February this year, ISIS claimed an attack on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, that left 83 people dead.

Devotees visit the shrine daily, with attendance climbing significantly during festivities. Islamic State has claimed a couple of recent suicide suicide bombings of Sufi shrines in Baluchistan.

Yesterday's attack is the second major strike at a shrine in Balochistan where in November 2016, at least 52 people were killed and 102 injured in a blast at the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district.

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Just hours earlier, Pakistani army spokesman Maj.

He stressed the need for vigilance and attempt to preserve unity between the neighboring country's government and nation in a bid to continue the battle against terrorists and to eliminate violence from the region.

Balochistan is the largest of Pakistan's four provinces, but its roughly seven million inhabitants have long complained they do not receive a fair share of its gas and mineral wealth.

Several million Muslims in Pakistan are still believed to follow Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam whose wandering holy men helped spread the religion throughout the Indian subcontinent in the 13th century.

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