Blast at Peshawar mosque kills 30 worshippers, injures over 50

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the mosque during Friday prayers, police say

By Inayat Amir

PESHAWAR: At least 30 worshipers have lost their lives and more than 50 have been injured in a suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers at a mosque in Qissa Khwani bazaar in the Kocha Risaldar area of Peshawar on Friday, police and rescue workers say.

The rescue teams are rushing the injured to Lady Reading Hospital, while residents and people of the neighborhood are also helping in transporting the injured on their motorcycles and cars.

As per media reports, the police and security teams have cordoned off the area and started to collect evidence.

The condition of 10 injured people is critical, says the spokesperson of Lady Reading Hospital.

Pakistan is witnessing a fresh spike of violence in the last couple of months.

On Wednesday, at least three people, including a deputy superintendent of police (DSP), were killed while 24 people were injured in a blast near a police van at Quetta’s Fatima Jinnah Road.

Speaking to the media, DIG Operations Fida Hussain said that a police mobile from the City police station was in the area around 7 pm when a loud explosion took place.

He said that 2-2.5 kilograms of explosives were used.

Hussain also identified one of the deceased as a DSP, adding that 24 people — including police officials — were injured.

More about the Peshawar blast to follow…

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