Death toll rises to 24 in Pakistan shrine suicide bombing

Death toll rises to 24 in Pakistan shrine suicide bombing

October 7th, 2017 by Associated Press in National International

Pakistani worshippers sit outside a shrine after a bomb blast in Jhal Magsi, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. A suicide bomber struck a Shiite shrine packed with worshippers in a remote village in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing many people and leaving at least 25 wounded, a provincial government spokesman and the police said. (AP Photo/Abdul Hameed)

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QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistan police say the death toll from a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in the country's southwest has increased to 24 after four victims died at a hospital overnight.

A suicide bomber struck the shrine packed with worshippers in a remote village in Jhal Magsi district, about 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of Quetta in Baluchistan province on Thursday.

Senior police officer Mohammad Iqbal said Saturday that more than 20 victims were still receiving treatment, some with critical wounds.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. IS has claimed responsibility for several past attacks in Baluchistan, which has been the scene of a low-level insurgency by Baluch nationalists and separatists demanding more autonomy and a greater share in the region's natural resources of oil and gas.