Monday, April 4, 2011

A double suicide bombing in Pakistan kills 50 people

Islamabad. .- At least 50 people were killed and 110 wounded in a double suicide attack on a Sufi shrine in central Pakistan, said a police source told Efe. Two suicide bombers entered the temple of Sakhi Sarwar, dedicated to the Sufi saint of the same name and located near the town of Multan in eastern Punjab province, and detonated the explosive vest carrying.

Thousands of devotees had come to the site to honor the saint within a traditional annual festival to three days. The police source consulted by Efe said one of the terrorists broke into the sanctuary through a back door. A source from the rescue services, Mohamed Ahsan, the faithful stood at 30 dead because of the attack and more than a hundred wounded, according to Geo TV channel.

Several rescue teams arrived on the scene and about sixty wounded were taken to the nearby district hospital, where several of them are in critical condition, according to the same source. The rescue efforts have been hampered by the lack of ambulances available and the narrowness of the streets in the area where the mosque, beside which the devotees staged a protest after the explosions.

According to Geo, police have arrested a third suspected terrorist who intended to blow himself up and, after turning off the explosives he was carrying, was taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation. The attack was condemned by the Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who in a statement called it "cowardly", ordered an investigation and vowed to eliminate the "threat" of terrorism "immediately." The Sunni fundamentalist organizations and the Pakistani Taliban have been beaten repeatedly Sufi congregations, who seek a mystical interpretation of Islam away from the strictness of Islam.

One of the bloodiest attacks against Sufism, which also brings together many of the faithful Shiites, was perpetrated against the beautiful and popular shrine of Data Darbar in Lahore, capital city of Punjab ", which left fifty dead in July 2010. A study by the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), in 2010 there were a total of 2,113 attacks by insurgents, terrorists or sectarian cutting, which took the lives of 2,913 people and injured 5,824 others.

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