The death toll from an Islamic State (IS) suicide bombing at a crowded Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan has climbed to 75, with another 300 people wounded.
According to reports, the suicide bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan in the southern Sindh province and detonated his explosives amid a gathering that included men, women, and children.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on their Aamaq news agency, saying a suicide bomber had targeted a “Shiite gathering” at the shrine.
In August last year, at least 74 people, mostly lawyers, were killed in a suicide bombing of a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta.
In November, an explosion claimed by Islamic State targeted a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan, killing at least 52 people and wounding dozens more.
Pakistan closed Torkham crossing ‘due to security concerns’
Hours after the bombing, Pakistan's Armed forces spokesman,
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor has announced the closure of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border with immediate effect due to security reasons.
"Pakistan-Afghanistan Border closed with immediate effects till further orders due to security reasons," Ghafoor wrote on Twitter.