Shrines closed in Karachi; security beefed up at mosques

February 17, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

KARACHI/LAHORE/ISLAMABAD: Authorities beefed up security countrywide at mosques, imambargahs and shrines a day after a suicide blast left more than 70 people dead at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine in Sehwan city of Sindh.

According to our correspondent, extra contingents of police and Rangers have been deployed for security at mosques, imambargahs, shrines of sufi saints and other sensitive location in different cities.

Officials said special security measures have been put in place for Juma congregations at various mosques.

Meanwhile, owing to fears of terrorism, almost all shrines were closed in Karachi. Sources said several shrines were also closed in Lahore.

Dozens of people including 20 children were perished in yesterday’s blast that also left 200 injured, triggering countrywide security crackdown.

Since Thursday, the security forces have killed around 40 terrorists in raids and search operations. - Samaa
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Story first published: 17th February 2017