Suspected extremists detonated a bomb at the gates of a revered Islamic shrine in central Pakistan this morning, the latest in a series of attacks on followers of the tolerant Sufi tradition.
At least five people were killed and 13 injured when a bomb strapped to a motorcycle exploded outside the Baba Farid shrine in Pakpattan, south of Lahore, during morning prayers. The dead included at least one woman.
The shrine, which is devoted to the 12th century saint Baba Farid, is among the most revered places in the country.
A double suicide bombing at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in Karachi earlier this month killed nine people; in July another 47 died in an attack on Lahore's Data Darbar, one of the oldest and most revered shrines in South Asia. GNS