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Sufis return to Sehwan shrine in defiance of ISIL

Sufi devotees have returned to their shrine in Pakistan's southern Sindh province

less than a day after it was targeted in a suicide attack, in defiance of ISIL which claimed the bombing. Thursday's blast, which killed at least 88 people and wounded hundreds as they performed a ritual, was the worst attack on Pakistani soil since a 2014 school attack in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which killed at least 154, mostly children. On Friday evening, about 150 residents of the southern town of Sehwan returned to the shrine of Syed Muhammad Usman Marwandi, better known as Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a revered 13th-century Sufi philosopher and poet who is venerated by millions across South Asia.