APP116-16 SEHWAN: February 16 – Security officials standing high alert after suicide blast at shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. APP photo by Akram Ali

HYDERABAD, Feb, 16 (APP): Deputy Inspector General of Police Hyderabad Range Khadim Hussain Rind Thursday night informed that
60 people were martyred and 250 injured in the suicide attack at the Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine at Sehwan Town.
Talking to media persons outside Taluka Hospital Sehwan, he said The condition of 50 injured persons was critical.
He informed that after the blast, around 50 doctors had reached from Dadu along with sufficient quantity of medicines and started providing first aid to the injured.
He praised the services of local volunteers who carried out rescue work immediatley and shifted the injured persons to Taluka Hospital Sehwan. They also donated blood in adequate quantity, he added.
As a result of immediate response from the volunteers, the number of casualties did not rise, he added.
The DIG informed that 30 critically injured persons were being shifted to Nawabshah where arrangements were made to provide required medical treatment. The armed forces helicopters were also reaching Sehwan to airlift the critically injured persons to Karachi, he added.
A forensic laboratory was also reaching Sehwan to carry out forensic examination of the blast, he informed and confirmed that preliminary investigation revealed that a suicide bomber blew himself up.
Responding to a question about the security arrangements at the shrine of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, the DIG Hyderabad said that police had already made adequate security arrangements by deploying a Sub-Inspector, an Assistant Sub-Inspector and 25 constables in and around the shrine.
Besides, the Auqaf Department had also installed the walk-through gates and Close Circuit Television Cameras as security measures.
Each Thursday, the devotees reach the shrine in large numbers to attend Dhamal, he informed and added that the number of devotees this evening was also high as compared to other days of the week.