The first powerful suicide blast ripped through a mosque in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province on Friday, killing at least 52 people and injuring over 50 others who were preparing to celebrate Prophet Muhammad's...
Balochistan has an insurgency raging against the Pakistani state. Terror attacks, including suicide and remote controlled bomb blasts, are a frequent menace in Balochistan.
The attack took place shortly after a police van arrived at the site to provide security to the people, offering prayers at the mosque.
Balochistan province of Pakistan has a long-running separatist and nationalist insurgency. Multiple groups are active in Balochistan that historically spanned across present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
The Islamic State affiliate in the region known as Islamic State in Khorasan province claimed Friday's devastating attack in a statement translated by the SITE Intelligence group.
Barkhan Deputy Commissioner Abdullah Khoso told Dawn newspaper that the blast occurred in the Rakhni market area when an improvised explosive device (IED) planted on a motorcycle exploded.