Peshawar City Police Officer Mohammad Aziz Khan told Geo TV that the blast in the mosque was a suicide attack and the head of the suspected Fidai was found at the scene. They said that they believe that they entered the mosque in a police vehicle during the afternoon prayers. Even today we are removing the debris. But there is no hope that anyone will be alive,’ the official expressed. So far 93 people have died and 221 others have been seriously injured.
Most of the dead and injured were police and military personnel. At least five sub-inspectors and religious teacher of the mosque, Maulana Shahibzada Nurul Amin, were killed in the incident. An unidentified man in the front row of the mosque blew himself up at around 1.40pm on Monday while others, including security personnel, were praying. A part of the mosque was completely destroyed by the powerful blast. Officials claimed that up to 400 people were in the mosque at the time of the incident.
Spokesperson of Peshawar Lady Reading Hospital said that the death toll is likely to increase. Around 20 police officers and security personnel lost their lives in this tragedy. They were cremated with state honors.
Terrorist group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for this incident. It announced that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of its commander in Afghanistan, Umar Khalid Khurasani, in August last year. Formed in 2007, TTP has been targeting security forces in Pakistan for several years. This gang, which has close ties with Al-Qaeda, is continuing its activities in Pakistan. In 2014, an army attack on a public school in Peshawar killed 150 people, including 131 students.
And this terrorist attack took place when the President of the United Arab Emirates was to visit Pakistan on Monday. His trip was canceled due to this. Also, Pakistan, which is stuck in financial crisis, will host the representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Tuesday.
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