Taliban militants bomb shrine

A Sufi shrine in central Pakistan was attacked April 3 by two suicide bombers, leaving 42 dead, at least 80 wounded and 30 in critical condition.

This bombing, linked to the Pakistan Taliban, was the most recent attack on places of worship. The Taliban militants have taken responsibility for this bombing.

They have also attacked Shiite, Sufi and Christian minorities in the past and have said they will carry out more in retaliation of government operations against their people in the northwest.

Earlier in 2010, a team of gunmen and suicide bombers killed 93 people in attacks on two mosques belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect.

In October of the same year, a bomb was planted on a motorcycle that killed five people at a Sufi shrine in the town of Pakpattan in Punjab province. In the same month, two suicide bombers attacked another shrine in the country’s largest city, Karachi, killing at least eight people.

The attack that occurred Sunday was at Sakhi Sarwar, a Sufi shrine in a village outside the southern Punjab city of Dera Ghazi Khan.

More than 1,000 people were at the shrine when the bombers detonated the explosives they wore on their bodies as vests. One bomber was unable to detonate all explosives on his body and was treated for major burns and contusions before being arrested.