At least 52 people including women and children were killed and more than 100 have been injured in a huge blast in Shah Noorani shrine near Hub in Balochistan’s Lasbella district on Saturday evening, rescue sources told Geo News.

Teams of medics and paramedics from Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps and Pakistan Rangers Sindh have reached out to the site of explosion, who are busy giving first aid to the wounded. The injured, after preliminary medical attention, have been referred to nearest hospitals in Hub, Khuzdar and Lasbella.

Authorities have been fearing rise in casualties and in number of wounded, whereas the evacuation of stranded masses, who had arrived to visit the shrine, has also been underway.

Difficult-to-access area

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that the explosion took place when the devotees were engaged in dhamaal.

He said ambulances and rescue teams from Lasbela and Hub rushed to Shah Noorani, located about 200km away from of Karachi.

“It takes some three hours from Hub to reach the Shah Noorani shrine which is located in difficult mountainous area where mobile phone service also does not work”, he added.

He said helicopter ambulance could not be used because of darkness.

In-charge Edhi Foundation Lasbella Hakeem Lassi told Geo News that more than 100 people have also been injured.

He said that injured were being shifted to a hospital for medical treatment.

Lassi said that more than 10 ambulances of Edhi foundation have reached the blast site and rescue efforts were underway.

COAS orders max assistance for evacuation: DG ISPR

Director-General Inter Services Public Relation Lt Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa on Twitter said that Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has ordered maximum assistance for evacuation and on-spot medical treatment of the injured.