On Friday, a suicide bomber targeted a busy road in Jacobabad. Police is reported to have said that the death toll of the Jacobabad Bomb Blast has risen to 25. The suicide attack targeted the 9th Muharram procession near a part in Lashari neighborhood on Friday evening. Police has further confirmed that 40 people, including numerous children, are severely injured, and that 15 of those injured in the Jacobabad bomb blast are in critical condition. According to the SSP, Zafar Malik, it was a suicide attack,
It appears from the evidence collected that it was a suicide attack.
He further added that a pistol was also found at the Jacobabad bomb blast site. This is the second major suicide attack during the sacred month of Muharram. It was reported that the Chief Minister of Sindh, Qaim Ali Shah, directed the IG Sindh to compile a comprehensive report of the incident and submit at the earliest possible. Just a day before Jacobabad bomb blast incident, a suicide bomber struck an Imambargah (a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies) in Balochistan, some 300 km away from Quetta. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, along with notables from the international community, including UN Chief Ban Ki Moon have condemned the attack and asked for bringing those responsible to justice.
It is unfortunate that even with such stringent security measures, attacks such as one in Balochistan and the much recent Jacobabad bomb blast continue. Pakistan is facing a tough battle with terrorists and even though the attacks have died down heavily, they still come often. In wake of tensions across eastern and western borders, Pakistan will have to work harder to bring peace to the region and especially for her citizens. We hope and pray for mercy on the innocent souls departed.
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