An explosion claimed by the militant Islamic State group has ripped through a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan, killing more than 40 people and wounding scores of others.
A local government official said the blast at the Shar Hoorani shrine in Baluchistan province happened while hundreds of people were inside.
The government sent over two dozen ambulances from a nearby town, while many of the injured have been taken to Karachi about 100 kilometres away.
It’s not clear whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or was the result of a planted device.
The province has seen some of the worst militant attacks in Pakistan this year.
Muslim shrines have often been targeted by militants, whose extreme view of Islam tolerates no others.