- Title: Bodies, injured from Pakistan shrine blast brought to Karachi hospital
- Date: 12th November 2016
- Summary: KARACHI, PAKISTAN (NOVEMBER 13, 2016) (NIGHT SHOTS) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** VARIOUS OF RESCUE WORKERS ON STANDBY OUTSIDE CIVIL HOSPITAL AMBULANCE ARRIVING INJURED MAN INSIDE AMBULANCE VARIOUS OF RELATIVES CROWDING AROUND DEAD BODY LYING ON STRETCHER RESCUE WORKERS PLACING DEAD BODY IN AMBULANCE INJURED MAN BEING WHEELED INTO HOSPITAL INJURED MAN BEING CARRIED INTO HOSPITAL ON STRETCHER RELATIVE CRYING MAN RUSHING INTO HOSPITAL WITH INJURED INFANT INJURED INFANT BEING TREATED BY MEDICS RELATIVES IN HOSPITAL CORRIDOR MAN WHOSE BROTHER IS MISSING IN BLAST, ABDUL HAMEED, STANDING WITH PHOTOGRAPH OF BROTHER WHO HAD GONE TO SHRINE AND IS MISSING (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) MAN WHOSE BROTHER IS MISSING IN BLAST, ABDUL HAMEED, SAYING: "We are very worried because my brother was there. We want the government to help us. Two of our people have gone to Noorani [shrine] to look for him, but there is no trace of him." EXTERIOR OF HOSPITAL MORTUARY VARIOUS OF DEAD BODIES INSIDE MORTUARY RELATIVES TRYING TO IDENTIFY DEAD BODIES TWO RELATIVES SUPPORTING WEEPING MAN RELATIVES OUTSIDE MORTUARY (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) MAN WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS ARE MISSING IN BLAST, MOHAMMAD SHAHID, SAYING: "I saw the news of the blast on television. I am trying to call them but there is no response. I thought maybe there was no reply because it was prayer time, but there is still no response." RELATIVES OUTSIDE HOSPITAL
- Embargoed: 27th November 2016 20:38
- Keywords: attack blast shrine IS hospital Islamic State Asia Pakistan
- Location: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- City: KARACHI, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0015852CEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES
Thirty bodies of people killed in an attack on a shrine in southwest Pakistan were brought to a Karachi hospital shortly after midnight on Sunday (November 13), along with a number of wounded.
The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Saturday (November 12) for an attack on a shrine in southwest Pakistan that killed at least 43 people, according to a statement released by the group's news agency.
The attack took place shortly after sunset on Saturday evening, targeting worshippers at the Shah Noorani shrine in the remote Khuzdar district of Pakistan's Baluchistan province.
The IS statement said 35 people had been killed and more than 95 wounded in the attack, although local officials later said there had been at least 43 fatalities.
Distraught relatives of devotees who had gone to the shrine from Karachi thronged hospitals in the city looking for their loved ones.
"We are very worried because my brother was there. We want the government to help us. Two of our people have gone to Noorani [shrine] to look for him, but there is no trace of him," Karachi businessman Abdul Hameed said.
"I saw the news of the blast on television. I am trying to call them but there is no response. I thought maybe there was no reply because it was prayer time, but there is still no response," one man whose seven family members had gone on pilgrimage to the shrine, Mohammad Shahid, said.
The shrine is located in Baluchistan province about 100 km (60 miles) north of the port city of Karachi, to where rescue official Hakeem Nasi told Geo TV dozens of wounded were being moved.
The government dispatched 25 ambulances from the nearby town of Hub to the shrine, said Akbar Harifal, provincial home secretary for Baluchistan. The army was called in to assist with rescue operations, given the remoteness of the site, Provincial Home Minister Sarfara Bugti said.
It was not clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or a planted device, according to Bugti.
The province has seen some of the worst militant attacks this year in Pakistan.
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