Bomb Explodes at Muslim Shrine, Killing 30

March 20, 2005

Source: BBC News

On March 20, 2005 BBC News reported, "More than 30 people have been killed and many injured in a bomb blast at a Muslim shrine in southern Pakistan.

The explosion occurred as thousands gathered at the site in the village of Fatehpur, about 300km (185 miles) from Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing.

Balochistan has a history of violence between Shia and Sunni Muslims, and has seen increased attacks by tribesmen fighting for more autonomy.

But correspondents say Fatehpur is in an area which has not seen sectarian violence. Officials said it was too early to attribute blame."