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Shrine reopened for devotees

- April 04, 2011 - Updated 1313 PKT - From Web Edition

DERA GHAZI KHAN: The shrine Darbar Sakhi Sarwar reopened today for devotees after bomb attacks that killed at least 50 people Sunday. The area markets were closed.


50 devotees were killed and over 90 injured in two suicide blasts at Darbar Sakhi Sarwar, some 35 kilometres from here, on Sunday. The Urs celebrations at the Darbar are in progress these days.


The dead included four children and eight women, while the locals also arrested a suspected suicide bomber, who was attempting to explode his jacket. According to sources, the suspect was arrested with a suicide jacket in his possession. He was handed over to the local police. The police shifted the arrested young suicide bomber to an undisclosed location for interrogation. Eyewitnesses and the police told this scribe that the officials of the border military police shot at the suicide bomber and rendered him unable to blow himself up.


As per the local residents and eyewitnesses, no strict security measures were in place, and no security personnel were among the killed or injured. The suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of Darbar Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar, followed by another blast within three minutes, when thousands of devotees were present at the Darbar.

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