KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal said on Saturday that the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide attack at a Muharram procession in Jacobabad.
“According to the information I received, LeJ has claimed responsibility for the attack,” he said while addressing the media.
The home minister claimed the Jacobabad attack was a suicide bombing, adding that two separate committees have been formed to investigate the attack.
Terror struck Sindh’s Jacobabad district, where a blast ripped through a mourning procession near the city’s Hajan Shah Dargah, killing 22 people and injuring 30 others.
The blast took place at about 7:30 pm when a Muharram 9 mourning procession, which started from the Dargah Hajan Shah, was passing through the city’s Lashari Muhalla.
Siyal also said Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing was (RAW) behind terrorist attacks in the country
“RAW is behind terrorist attacks in Pakistan and they are active across Sindh,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced Rs2million for families of the deceased and Rs1 million for the injured.
Witnesses described the wounded being rushed to hospital by ambulances and auto-rickshaws, and said there were children among the dead and injured. “We were some three kilometres from the spot and heard the blast,” Jan Odhano, a rights activist in Jacobabad, told AFP. Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary Rangers rushed to the scene soon after the incident, cordoned off the area and began shifting the dead and injured to the city’s Civil Hospital.