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Suicide blast in Jacobabad processions kills 26

JACOBABAD: A bomb detonated in a Muharram procession near Shershah Haveli in Jacobabad’s Lashari Mohalla Friday evening, killing at least 12 people including 5 children and injuring many others.
Security and rescue teams rushed to the site following the explosion. The dead and the injured are being shifted to Civil Hospital Jacobabad, where an emergency has been declared.
Rescue sources told media that at least 12 persons were killed in the incident, including four children.Police officials said that it was a planted bomb device which was remotely detonated.
Security personnel have cordoned off the area, while a search and rescue operation is being carried out.Sectarian violence has claimed thousands of lives in the country over the past decade.
The law enforcement agencies in Sindh had found a “nexus between sectarian terrorists and anti-state elements”, posing a threat to peace during Muharram.
The intelligence agencies were told to keep an eye on the Indian intelligence agency RAW during the month, it emerged.
The Sindh government had already imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana.
Moreover, cell phone services have also been suspended in major cities, including Karachi, as a security measure during the observance Muharram.
The gatherings and processions during Muharram mark Hazrat Hussain’s (RA) martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala, Iraq, in 680 AD.

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