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April 13, 2024
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Peshawar mosque suicide blast: 28 dead, 150 injured so far, Taliban commander claims responsibility for attack in Pakistan

Several people are still buried under debris, due to which the number of casualties and injured is expected to increase further: Report

ISLAMABAD: Giving information about the explosion in the mosque in Peshawar Police Line, Commissioner Peshawar Riaz Mehsud has said that ’28 people including the Imam of the mosque have been killed in this blast so far’. Many of the casualties were police officers who had gathered for daily prayers.

According to the commissioner of Peshawar, ‘Many people are still buried under the debris, due to which the number of casualties and injured is expected to increase further.

However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Governor Ghulam Ali has said that the number of injured is 150 and most of them are policemen.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the suicide blast and said he would adopt a comprehensive strategy on the deteriorating law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif has urged its party workers to donate blood to save the lives of those injured in the suicide attack. People with ‘O-Negative’ blood are appealed to immediately reach Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar to save the lives, he wrote on Twitter.

According to rescue workers in Peshawar, efforts are on to rescue people buried under the debris.

According to rescue squad spokesman Bilal Ahmad Faizi, five or six people may be trapped under the debris. And efforts are being made to get them out safely.

Bilal Ahmed Faizi said that there are some dead bodies under the debris, but the number of dead bodies could not be ascertained yet.

PM Shahbaz Sharif has said that he has instructed the Home Minister to leave no stone unturned in increasing the capacity of the anti-terrorist department of the states, especially Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sharif said that the Center would cooperate with the states in enhancing their anti-terrorist capability. According to him, those who shed the blood of unjust citizens will be taught a lesson.

According to him, the targeting of the House of Allah is proof that the attackers have nothing to do with Islam and that the terrorists want to create fear by targeting those who are doing their duty to protect Pakistan.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said he and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had departed for Peshawar. “The premier will be briefed on all aspects of the blast,” he said on Twitter, adding that PM Shehbaz would also visit the injured, reports Dawn.

According to the Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, militant violence spiked by 22% in 2022 compared with 2021, reported Bloomberg. 

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