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Pakistan: Police cordons off shrine after custodians allegedly drug and kill 20 devotees00:35

Pakistan: Police cordons off shrine after custodians allegedly drug and kill 20 devotees

Pakistan, Sargodha
April 2, 2017 at 09:48 GMT -00:00 · Published

Emergency services and police investigators were at the site of a shrine near the Pakistani city of Sargodha, Sunday, after custodians at the place of worship allegedly drugged, beat, and stabbed at least twenty devotees to death.

Pools of the victims' blood could be seen on the ground in close proximity to the shrine, with several bodies put on stretchers and covered with blankets still at the scene.

The deaths took place at the dargah or shrine for Muhammad Ali Gujjar in a village outside of the city. One of the rituals regularly performed at the site included flagellation, with local custodians beating devotees to achieve spiritual purification.

However, between Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the shrine were allegedly drugged and later stabbed by several custodians. Several eyewitnesses remain severely injured but alive.

Five people have been arrested in the case, according to local police.

Pakistan: Police cordons off shrine after custodians allegedly drug and kill 20 devotees00:35
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Emergency services and police investigators were at the site of a shrine near the Pakistani city of Sargodha, Sunday, after custodians at the place of worship allegedly drugged, beat, and stabbed at least twenty devotees to death.

Pools of the victims' blood could be seen on the ground in close proximity to the shrine, with several bodies put on stretchers and covered with blankets still at the scene.

The deaths took place at the dargah or shrine for Muhammad Ali Gujjar in a village outside of the city. One of the rituals regularly performed at the site included flagellation, with local custodians beating devotees to achieve spiritual purification.

However, between Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the shrine were allegedly drugged and later stabbed by several custodians. Several eyewitnesses remain severely injured but alive.

Five people have been arrested in the case, according to local police.

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