The attack occurred on Sunday at the shrine of 13th century Sufi saint Ahmed Sultan situated at Dera Ghazi Khan in Pakistan's Punjab province. The location was jam packed as people were celebrating the saint's anniversary when the bombers struck. The ensuing melee led to a stampede.
Pakistan police officer Zahid Ali said, "These were suicide bombings and we arrested an attacker who could not completely detonate the explosives on his body. He was wounded." There were also reports that the bombers came by foot and blew themselves up when police stationed there stopped them for questioning.
Eyewitnesses were quoted as saying, "Women and children were crying and screaming. It was like hell." The scenes that emerged from television channels that beamed visuals of the tragedy were heart-wrenching.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks and Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said, "Our men carried out these attacks and we will carry out more in retaliation for government operations against our people in the northwest."