Update: Death Toll for Blast at Sufi Shrine Reaches 49

March 21, 2005

Source: The Daily Times


On March 21, 2005 The Daily Times reported, "At least 49 people have died in Saturday’s blast at a Sufi saint’s shrine in Gandhawa in the Balochistan district of Jhal Magsi, a caretaker of the shrine said on Sunday. However, government officials said the death toll from the explosion was 29. The shrine’s caretaker, Faqir Ghulam Hussain, said he had information about 49 people being killed and over 40 others being injured in the explosion. Asked about the lower official casualty figures, Hussain said the government officials knew about only the injured and dead taken to the hospital in Fatehpur town, where the shrine’s located. The officials, he said, did not have information about the injured and dead bodies taken to hospitals in nearby cities of Nasirabad, Jacobabad, Dera Murad Jamali and Larkana. Hospital and police sources confirmed 27 bodies and 18 injured."