pakistan_blast.jpgTwo suicide bombers struck a popular Muslim shrine in Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, killing at least 41 people and wounding 175 others in the second major attack in a month.

 

Reports say the death toll is expected to rise as at least 25 of the injured are in critical condition.

 

The bombers struck as thousands of people visited the Data Darbar shrine, where a famous Sufi saint is buried.

 

 Muslims in Pakistan visit shrines and mosques in large numbers on Thursday and Friday nights.

 

Lahore has experienced a growing number of attacks as Taliban fighters along the north-west border with Afghanistan have teamed up with militant groups in the country’s heartland once supported by the government.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack which occurred as volunteers handed out food to people visiting the shrine.

 

Islamic extremists consider Sufis to be heretics and have often targeted them, as well as Shiites and other minority groups.