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Dozens Killed In Bomb Blast At Pakistani Sufi Shrine

Staff of a local hospital in Karachi wait for casualties of bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in Shah Noorani, in Balochistan province near Karachi.

Officials say a bomb exploded at a Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan, killing dozens and wounding many more.

Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, the home minister in the Balochistan region, told reporters that the November 12 blast occurred at the Shah Noorani shrine north of the port city of Karachi.

He said at least 30 people were killed, and more than 50 were wounded.

Hundreds of people were inside the shrine at the time for a ritual dance that takes place every day at sunset. He said a number of women and children were also believed to be among the casualties.

The Balochistan region where the shrine is located has seen some of the worst militant attacks this year in Pakistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, though at least one previous attack was linked to an Islamist movement allied to the Islamic State radicals.

Sufism is a branch of Islam that espouses a mystical, inner belief and incorporates music in its worship. It's been rejected as heretical by Islamic State and other extremists, who hold a more fundamentalist view of Islam.

Earlier this year, the prominent singer Amjad Sabri was killed in Karachi, shot by gunmen believed to have targeted him for his Sufi traditions.

With reporting by Reuters, and AP