Six Reported Killed In Sufi Shrine Bomb
Up to six people are reported to have been killed and several others wounded in a bomb explosion targeting a popular Sufi Muslim shrine in Pakistan.
The October 25 blast occurred outside the Farid Shakar Ganj shrine in Pak Pattan in the Punjab Province.
Police are quoted as saying the explosive had apparently been planted on a motorcycle that was parked near a gate of the shrine.
Reports say the mausoleum of the 12th century Sufi saint Baba Farid, whom the shrine is dedicated to, was not damaged in the blast.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which is the latest targeting Sufi shrines in Pakistan.
Suicide bombers earlier in October and in July attacked popular Sufi shrines in Karachi and Lahore, causing scores of casualties.
Sufi worshippers have previously been attacked by Taliban militants, who are opposed to the Sufi strand of Islam because it clashes with their hard-line interpretations of Islam.
compiled from agency reports
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