Peshawar blast: A relief official said the blast occurred at a Jamia mosque in the Qissa Khwani bazaar area of Peshawar as worshipers were offering Friday prayers. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.
At least 56 people were killed and 65 injured in Peshawar on Friday after an explosion near the Qissa Khwani bazaar area, according to reports. The toll could rise as the blast occurred inside the Jamia Mosque while prayers were in progress. Police officer in the capital Peshawar Ijaz Ahsan, quoted by Pakistani media, said that according to initial reports, two assailants tried to enter the mosque and fired on the police officers present on duty. The explosion inside the mosque took place after the shooting incident.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Asim Khan, media director for Lady Reading, said 30 bodies had been brought to hospital so far, according to Dawn. Officials said the condition of 10 injured people was considered critical.
As footage emerges from the mosque area, a large contingent of security teams can be seen cordoning off the area. “I opened my eyes and there was dust and bodies everywhere,” witness Shayan Haider told Dawn.
Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack on the imambargh and ordered immediate medical aid for the victims, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement.
(With contributions from the agency)
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