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Sindh cities mourn Shikarpur shrine blast
 


February 26, 2013 - Updated 850 PKT
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SHIKARPUR: Several cities of Sindh including Shikarpur, Hyderabad and Larkana are mourning the blast at a shrine in interior Sindh that resulted in four fatalities and left at least 12 people injured, Geo News reported Tuesday.

 

Angry demonstrators protested against the incident and resorted to aerial firing in several areas of Hyderabad including Qasimabad and Hussainabad.

 

Situation turned tense in Larkana as well where Rangers and police were deployed to control the situation. Hussaini Party and other religious organizations have also called for a strike today.

 

On Monday, a blast tore through Dargah Pir Hajan Shah Huzoori in Marri village near Shikarpur when a large number of devotees were visiting the shrine.

 

Eyewitnesses said an unknown man was spotted shooting off after leaving a suspicious looking bag at the scene, but no one could do anything as the bomb in the bag went off the next moment.

 

"The explosion came on the heels of his throwing a bag full of explosives among a throng of visitors. He was nowhere to be found after the blast", said an injured devotee.

 

Sources said Syed Hajan Shah, the Gaddi Nasheen --a living descendant of the saint buried as well as the custodian of the shrine-- was also among the critically injured. He was shifted to Larkana for medical treatment.

 

Later, the deputy commissioner Shikarpur told media that Syed sahib would be moved to Karachi for treatment.

 

Angry devotees and local residents took to streets and shut the city down. Violent protests broke out in parts of Shikarpur.

 

"Protestors blocked the national highway and the railway track after the incident. They were chanting slogans against the government demanding immediate justice", sources told.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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