Islamists Bomb Sacred Sufi Shrine on Muslim Holy Day – 4 Dead
The blast targeting the Kaka Sahib shrine in Nowshera is the fourth targeted attack on Sufi shrines this year. (PHOTO: REUTERS)
Islamists hid a bomb in a bicycle fruit basket and blew up the shrine of Kaka Sahib in Nowshera. A large number of people had gathered there for the holy Eid. Four people were killed in the attack.
Three people were killed and at least 25 injured when an explosion took place in the Ziarat Kaka Sahib area in Nowshera on Sunday.
According to the Nowshera police, a remote-controlled bomb had been planted on a bicycle in front of the main gate of the shrine of Kaka Sahib.
The shrine houses the grave of a famous Pashtun Sufi saint Kasteer Gul, who is known as Kaka Saheb. The shrine is often frequented by locals and a large number of people were also gathered there today on the occasion of Eid.
Security forces had cordoned off the area and the injured were shifted to local hospitals.
Among the 25 injured, five were reported to be in a critical condition.
SHO Nowshera Mumtaz Khan stated that the bomb weighed between 3-5kg and had been hidden inside a bag of fruits kept on the bicycle.