“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain…” — Qur’an 9:111
“Deadly blasts hit Sufi shrine in Lahore,” from the BBC, July 1 (thanks to Satya):
Suicide bombers have launched a triple attack on a Sufi shrine in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.
At least 35 people died in the blasts at the popular Data Darbar shrine late on Thursday evening, officials say.
At least 175 other people were hurt in the blasts, believed to be the first targeting a shrine in Lahore.
Thousands of people were visiting the shrine at the time, officials say. It holds the remains of a Sufi saint, Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery.
The shrine is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each year from both Sunni and Shia traditions of Islam.
Khusro Pervez, commissioner of Lahore said two of the attacks took place in the main courtyard and one in the lower level of the shrine.
The attacker struck in the underground area where visitors sleep and prepare themselves for prayer, he said. As people fled, a second bomber detonated his explosives in the upstairs area.
Officials say they believe the bombers used devices packed with ball-bearings to maximise the impact of their attack….
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