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Pakistan      76 persons killed and 250 others injured in suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh
Pakistan      Four Policemen among five persons killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Pakistan      Three Army personnel killed in IED explosion in Balochistan
Pakistan      Two FC personnel injured in terrorist attack on Pak-Afghan border in FATA
India      Militants decamp worth INR 304,000 from Bank in Jammu and Kashmir
Bangladesh      Five JMB militants arrested in Dhaka city
India      Four NSCN-IM militants arrested in Manipur
India      Relative of Naxal leader arrested in Maharashtra
India      ULFA-I militant arrested in Assam
India      Enforcement Directorate arrests Zakir Naik's close aide Aamir Gazdar
India      IS operative arrested by NIA
India      48-hour bandh cripples life in Tripura
India      Bandh continue in Nagaland
India      Fourth round of Mizoram Government and HPC-D peace talks deferred
Pakistan      Afghan officials summoned to GHQ, asked to handover 76 'most wanted' terrorists
Pakistan      Government seeks three-year extension in tenure of military courts
Nepal      Task Force suggests increasing number of local bodies in Province 2
Nepal      UN Resident Coordinator urges international standards for transitional justice bodies
Sri Lanka      UN and EU pledge to promote reconciliation between all communities in Sri Lanka
India      Al-Qaeda using US preoccupation with IS to spread to India, says report
India      Madhya Pradesh spy racket reveals ISI's 'plan-60' in India, reveals ATS
India      Locals under pressure from ultras, says CRPF IG (Operations) Zulfiquar Hasan
Sri Lanka      Committed to establish fair and transparent judicial system in country, says President Maithripala Sirisena

76 persons killed and 250 others injured in suicide attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh

At least 76 people were killed on February 16 when a suicide bomber attacked the crowded Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif town of Sehwan District in Sindh, injuring up to 250 others, reports The News. The blast took place inside the premises of the shrine as a dhamaal was taking place, with a large number of women and children said to be among the casualties. Devotees throng the shrine of the revered Sufi saint every Thursday to participate in a dhamaal and prayers. The Assistant Superintendent of Police in Sehwan said a suicide bomber entered the shrine through its Golden gate. The attacker blew himself up after throwing a grenade, which failed to explode, he added. The Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through Amaq, the group's affiliated news agency.

Meanwhile, at least 35 terrorists were killed in encounter with the law enforcement agencies as Pakistan launched a nationwide security crackdown after suicide attack, reports The News. A statement from the Sindh Rangers said at least 18 terrorists had been killed in operations in Karachi overnight, while in separate security operations, six were killed in Orakzai Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) four in Bakka Khel area of Bannu District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) two killed in a Police encounter in Dera Ismail Khan of KP three shot dead in Peshawar during search operation and two were killed in Sargodha. "Both the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities and Police started a crackdown across the country before dawn, and scores of suspects have been arrested from different cities," a Government official speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP. He said the sweeping operation will continue for the coming days.






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