At least 18 people were killed and 22 were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself at Dargah Fatehpur in Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan.
The suicide bomber blew himself up after he was intercepted by police guards on duty outside the shrine.
“The suicide bomber struck outside the shrine at a time when it was packed with people, attending anniversary celebrations of Syed Cheesal Shah, a local saint.
The incident comes after a bomb attack on the same shrine — located in the oil and gas rich Balochistan province, bordering Iran and Afghanistan — killed 35 people in 2005.
The spokesperson of Balochistan government, Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar said that while rescue operations are in progress, law enforcement agencies have also surrounded the area and started a search operation.