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04 April 2011 :: 12:04:42 pm 52476

Pakistan: Two Suicide Bombers Kill 41, Injure 70

Two suicide bombers struck and killed 41 people outside the shrine of the 13th century Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan, also known as Sakhi Sarwar, in Dera Ghazi Khan district. At the time of the attack hundreds of worshippers had congregated at the shrine for a religious ceremony
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The officer, Zahid Ghazi Khan said many were seriously wounded and the injured have been taken to the Dera Ghazi Khan hospital.

“We have recovered 41 bodies so far,” said the officer, adding that more than 70 were injured.

“Both were suicide attackers, they came on foot and blew themselves up when police on duty stopped them.”

Regional police chief, Ahmed Mubarak also confirmed two suicide bombers tried to enter the shrine but failed and blew themselves up.

Sufi believers, who follow a mystical strain of Islam, have been the target of bloody attacks by Islamist militants in Parkistan.

A police official, requesting anonymity, said the shrine had received threats from unidentified militants.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but Sunni extremists, including the Taliban, oppose the Sufi strand of Islam and consider their shrines to be idolatrous.

In October 2010 four people, including women were killed in a bomb explosion outside the popular shrine of the 12th century saint, Bab Farid, also known as Ganjshakar in the Punjab town of Pakpattan.

Meanwhile in July last year two suicide bombers blew themselves up among thousands of worshippers, killing 42 people at the Pakpattan site, the second most popular Sufi shrine after Data Darbar shrine in the eastern city of Lahore.

On October 7, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Sufi shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi, killing nine worshippers, including two children.

More than 4,150 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bomb explosions, blamed on homegrown Taliban and other Islamist extremist networks, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in July 2007.

Report By:  news.com.au

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