30 killed, 50 injured in Pakistan mosque blast
Published: 16:13 4 March 2022 Updated: 16:47 4 March 2022
Ambulances bring the injured to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar after the explosion inside a mosque during Friday prayers; Photo: DawnNewsTV
At least 30 people were killed when a powerful explosion took place inside a mosque in Pakistan. At least 50 people were wounded in the incident.
The tragic incident took place at Kocha Risaldar in Peshawar on Friday, reported the country’s media Dawn.
Confirming the incident, Peshawar’s Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ijaz Ahsan said one police officer was killed and another seriously injured in the attack.
Police say the two assailants opened fire on two police officers guarding a mosque in the town’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar when they tried to enter. One was killed and another was seriously injured. Following the attack, a blast took place in the mosque.
It is learned that a suicide bomber struck the mosque during Friday prayers. Police and security personnel cordoned off the area.
Police official Waheed Khan told AP that the explosion occurred as worshippers had collected in the Kocha Risaldar mosque for Friday prayers.
The injured were rushed to a local Lady Reading Hospital. A hospital spokesman said the condition of at least 10 of the injured was critical.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Evidence has been collected from the site, according to a tweet by the Peshawar CCPO account, adding it was “too early” to say anything about the nature of the blast.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack and directed the provision of immediate medical treatment to the injured, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid also condemned the attack, saying he had directed the provincial chief secretary and inspector general of police to submit a report. He expressed grief over the lives lost in the incident.
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