A bomb blast outside a Sufi shrine in Pakistan killed four people, including women, on Monday in the latest militant attack in a country at the forefront of the US-led war on Al-Qaeda.
Two men riding a motorbike left a milk container near the gate of the shrine in Pakpattan, 190 kilometres (120 miles) from the eastern Punjab provincial capital Lahore, which then exploded in a huge fireball, a witness said.
“We have four killed and about 12 wounded,” regional police chief Mohammad Kashif told reporters. “The rescue work is over. We’re now investigating.”
Sufi worshippers, who follow a mystical strain of Islam, have increasingly been the target of bloody attacks by Islamist militants in Pakistan.
The blast blew up a boundary wall and damaged several shops and stalls outside the shrine where the 12th century saint, Baba Farid, also known as Ganjshakar is buried, witnesses said.
Police said the mausoleum of Baba Farid was undamaged and that the blast took place near the eastern gate, which was closed for security reasons.