A bombing outside a Shia shrine in a remote village of Pakistan’s southern province of Balochistan has claimed the lives of at least 20 people and left 25 others wounded.
Local officials said the blast took place after a bomber detonated his explosives outside the site in Jhal Magsi district, which is located about 400 kilometers east of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.
Mohammad Iqbal, a district police chief, said five children, a woman and one police officer were among those killed in the bombing.
Anwarul Haq Kakar, spokesman for the provincial government, said the death toll could rise as some of the wounded were in a critical condition.
Sarfraz Bugto, the provincial home minister, said "terrorists have shown their inhumaneness by attacking innocent civilians."
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack. In a statement, he said that "terrorists have no religion" and that his government would act against militants with full might.