5 killed in blast in shrine blast in NW Pakistan

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At least five people were killed and over 20 others were injured when a bomb went off near a shrine in Pakistan's northwest district of Nowshera on Sunday afternoon, local media reported.

Express TV said that the blast took place at about 1:45 p.m. local time when an explosive-laden bicycle was detonated by a remote-controlled device in Ziarat Kaka Sahib Shrine of Nowshera, a main district in the country's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

District police officer Nowshera said that the explosive bicycle was parked at the main gate of the shrine.

Eye witnesses said that there were an estimated over 50 people inside the shrine who were attending a religious gathering.

The injured have been shifted to the district hospital in Nowshera where three of them are in critical condition.

Police cordoned off the area following the blast and an investigation into the incident has been kicked off.

No group claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

The blast took place at a time when Pakistanis are celebrating a three-day Eid holiday extending from Oct. 27 to 29.

Local media reported that the injured people are facing trouble as most of the doctors are off-duty due to the holiday.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik condemned the blast and sought a report from the concerned police officials.

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