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Breaking: Suicide blast at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least 10

Breaking: Suicide blast at popular Pakistani shrine kills at least 10

A suicide blast at one of Pakistan’s oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least 10 people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore Wednesday, police said, in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistani security officials examine the site of a bomb blast outside a Sufi shrine in Lahore on May 8, 2019. – A blast at one of Pakistan’s oldest and most popular Sufi shrines killed at least five people and wounded 24 in the eastern city of Lahore May 8, police said, as the country marks the fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by ARIF ALI / AFP)

The blast — which a faction of the militant group claimed by email — occurred near the entrance gate for female visitors to the 11th-century Data Darbar shrine, one of the largest Sufi shrines in South Asia, as the country marks the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Husks of vehicles littered the pavement near the shrine as first responders rushed to the scene while armed security forces fanned out in the area.

The shrine has long been home to colorful Sufi festivals and a prime destination for the country’s

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