Pakistani mosque suicide bombing kills 25 and injures 120
At least 25 people were killed and 120 injured in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Pakistan.
The suicide bomber detonated his suicide vest as about 150 worshipers, including a large number of police officers from nearby police stations, prayed at the mosque in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan.
According to local police officer Zafar Khan, the force of the blast caused the mosque’s roof to collapse, resulting in numerous injuries.
No one immediately claimed credit for the bombing, according to Saddique Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar, who provided the latest casualty figures. However, the Pakistani Taliban have been responsible for similar suicide bombings in the past.
Meena Gul, a 38-year-old police officer, was reportedly inside the mosque when the bomb went off.
He explained that he had no idea how he escaped unharmed. Gul stated that he could hear screams and screams as the device exploded.
According to the authorities, rescuers tried to remove rubble from the mosque’s grounds and reached worshipers who were still trapped under the rubble.
Khan said some of the injured are in serious condition at a hospital and there are fears the death toll is rising.
ذرائع کے مطابق دھماکہ کے وقت مسجد کے اندر سو سے زائد نمازی موجود تھے۔ زخمیوں کو ہسپتال منتقل کیا جا رہا ہے۔ ” #Peshawarblast image: G8X56oDVTY on Twitter
January 30, 2023 – PTV News (@PTVNewsOfficial)
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif issued a statement condemning the bombing and calling for the best possible medical care for the wounded.
He also promised “tough action” against all those responsible for the attack.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan also criticized the bombing, calling it a “suicide attack by terrorists” in an online tweet.
The former Prime Minister stated: “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.”
In order to counter the growing threat of terrorism, it is vital that we improve our intelligence and properly resource our police forces.
Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, has been the target of numerous militant attacks.
The Pakistani Taliban, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, is a distinct group but a close ally of the Afghan Taliban who seized power in neighboring Afghanistan in August 2021 when US and NATO soldiers in the last Stages of a 20 year retreat.
For the past 15 years, the TTP has led an insurgency in Pakistan, fighting for stronger enforcement of Islamic law, the release of its members held in government custody and a reduction in the Pakistani military presence in the country’s former tribal areas.
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