Bomb blast at mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan kills 30, injures 56

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Bomb explosion in Pakistan: A bomb ripped through a crowded Shia mosque during Friday congregation in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 56 and injuring several, reports the AFP news agency.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, news agency PTI reported.

The blast occurred at a Jamia mosque in the Qissa Khwani bazaar area of ​​Peshawar as worshipers were offering Friday prayers, PTI reported, according to a relief official.

The attacker had entered the mosque before Friday prayers and “opened fire with a pistol”, spotting the faithful “one by one”, reports AFP quoting a witness, Ali Asghar.

He “then blew himself up,” Asghar added, claiming the assailant was a suicide bomber.

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According to PTI, police officer in the capital Peshawar Ijaz Ahsan said that two assailants tried to enter the mosque and fired at the officers standing guard.

One policeman was killed while the other was seriously injured, he said. The explosion happened after the shooting incident, he added.

The Pakistani Prime Minister condemned the attacks and expressed his pain for those killed. He also ordered immediate medical aid to the injured. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has strongly condemned the explosion in Peshawar. Expressing sadness at the loss of precious life and directing immediate medical aid to the injured, has requested an incident report,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted. Pakistani.

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