Twin suicide attack on Pakistani shrine

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Two suspected suicide bombers have struck at a crowded Muslim shrine in the Pakistani city of Karachi, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 60.

The bombs went off at the busiest time of the week for Sufi shrines, when thousands visit to pray and distribute food to the poor.

The Taliban has reportedly said it carried out the strike.

The attacks came just seconds apart. One explosion happened as the suspected bomber was going through a metal detector; the second close by.

The Interior Minister from Sindh province, Zulfiqar Mirza, visited the scene and said all city shrines were being sealed off.

After the blasts businesses closed early. Gunshots could be heard as crowds reacted angrily, torching at least two buses.

Sufi sites have frequently been the target of militant Islamist groups who disapprove of that particular strand of Islam and the practice of visiting shrines.