• Pakistani volunteers carry the body of a terrorist killed in an overnight raid by security forces, February 17, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Pakistan has launched nationwide security raids following a deadly bomb attack on a Sufi shrine in the southeast of country, arresting and killing dozens of suspects.

According to Press TV, security forces killed at least 39 suspected terrorists during overnight operations across the country, hours after a terrorist bombing carried out by Daesh killed at least 75 people, including 20 children, in the city of Sehwan in Sindh Province on Thursday evening.

At least 18 of the suspects killed in the security operations were killed in Sindh, while 11 were gunned down in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police officials said.

Weapons and hand-grenades were also recovered in the Reggi area of the city of Peshawar, where other terrorist suspects were killed, according to police.

At least 47 suspects were also arrested during the overnight raids.

The Thursday evening blast occurred as a large number of people had gathered at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine for a special Sufi ritual known as “dhammal” and prayers. According to security officials, the bomber entered the main hall of the shrine and detonated his explosives in the middle of the crowd.

Referring to the security raids that started after the blast, a government official said, “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.”

He added that the operations would continue in the coming days.


Feb 17, 2017 08:50 UTC