At least 43 people were killed and 70 wounded in an attack on a Sufi temple in Baluchistan province in southern Pakistan, with several children and women among the victims, according to a police source.

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The suicide bomber attacked about 600 faithful who were in time at a religious ceremony, and officials say the balance of the number of wounded may still increase.

The Islamic State extremist group has already claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.

According to the authorities, there are difficulties accessing the site, which is dark, and the army is mobilizing to reach the site, located in a mountainous area.

The same source said that some ambulances were in place, and the wounded were transported to the hospitals of Hub and Karachi.

Sarfaraz Bugti, the provincial minister, has confirmed that the attack has hit hundreds of people and that efforts to rescue the wounded and dead are under way.

The Pakistani PM’s office has issued a statement strongly condemning the attack.

Sufism is a mystical religious order that believes in living saints, who are worshiped through ceremonies with music, being viewed as heretical by certain radical groups like the Taliban.

 

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