Pakistan mosque blast: Death toll rises to 56, over 190 injured

Pakistan mosque blast: Death toll rises to 56, over 190 injured

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Published: 21:03 4 March 2022   Updated: 21:08 4 March 2022

Pakistan mosque blast: Death toll rises to 56, over 190 injured

Pakistan mosque blast: Death toll rises to 56, over 190 injured

The death toll from Pakistan mosque blast in Peshawar rose to 56 while the number of injured climbed to 194. 

The suicide blast occurred inside a Shia mosque shook Peshawar's Kocha Risaldar area on Friday.

Mohammad Asim, a spokesperson for Lady Reading Hospital (LRH), confirmed the casualties, adding that some of the injured were in critical condition.

Officials, who termed the incident a suicide attack, initially said that two attackers were involved. However, CCTV footage released later in the day showed a lone attacker clad in a black shalwar kameez reaching the mosque in the city's Qissa Khwani Bazaar on foot and brandishing a pistol.

He opened fire on police personnel deployed outside the main entrance for security before running inside. The attacker also opened fire on a man who tried to stop him and managed to enter the mosque, where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers, after which an explosion took place.

Speaking to the media, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Moazzam Jah Ansari said two police officials were deputed at the mosque for security.

He said that one constable was martyred, while another police officer was in critical condition. The senior police officer said that around five to six kilogrammes of explosive material was used, adding that there were no prior reports about the attack.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Peshawar Mohammad Ijaz Khan confirmed the chain of events, adding that one police official was martyred in the gunfight outside the mosque.

However, talking to media at the site of the blast Peshawar SSP Operations Haroon Rasheed Khan said that two policemen had been martyred in the attack. He termed the explosion a suicide blast and said there was no "threat alert".

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