ISLAMABAD — At least 28 people were killed and more than 65 injured when an explosion inside a mosque in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday knocked down one of the walls, according to the Lady Reading Hospital, a major hospital. The man Mohammad Asim (Mohammad Asim) called in the city.
local reporter, iftikhal firdussaid rescuers were still trying to pull six wounded people from the rubble.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told a news conference that the explosion was likely caused by a suicide bomber. Local media reported that the bomber had prayed with worshipers at the mosque in the early afternoon.
The blast took place inside a crowded mosque frequented by police.A sort of twitter account link The Pakistani branch of the Taliban, or TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack.
Peshawar is the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. It was once the site of frequent attacks by militants.
Police in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, after the blast Announce They are on high alert, deploying snipers and stepping up checks on residents at entrances and exits.
Attacks against Pakistani soldiers and police have increased since the Taliban seized power in neighboring Afghanistan more than a year ago. An offshoot of the Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, has often claimed responsibility.
Also on Monday, authorities abruptly declared a holiday as they prepared to host the president of the United Arab Emirates. But Pakistan’s prime minister’s office said the visit had been canceled due to weather.