Islamic State claimed a deadly bomb attack Saturday at a Muslim shrine in southern Pakistan which officials said killed at least 52 people and wounded 106.
The attack targeted a shrine of the Sufi version of Islam, in the Khuzdar area, about 65 miles north of the port city of Karachi, in Baluchistan province. Officials said hundreds of devotees were present in the shrine complex when the bomb exploded, just after sunset, and many were participating in a ritual dance.
Locals told Pakistani television channels that the blast left bodies and the injured strewn across the shrine.
A woman who escaped the attack unhurt said the complex was crowded with devotees at the time. "I went to a lower level to avoid the crowd and within minutes, there was a huge explosion," she said, in remarks broadcast on a local channel. "It was a horrific explosion, the ceiling and the walls shook and then there was chaos everywhere."
Pakistani security officials said the initial investigation indicated it was a suicide bombing. The remote location hampered rescue efforts, officials said.
"If the terrorists want to send a message that the government and the people should surrender, that's impossible," said Sarfaraz Bugti, the provincial home minister. "We are on the right path and we will fight this war to the end."