No less than 28 killed after assault in Peshawar

No less than 28 individuals have been killed and 150 injured in a bombing at a mosque within the Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar.

A bit of the constructing was destroyed and officers say individuals are buried below the rubble.

Most of those that died had been a part of the police drive, and it’s believed they had been the goal of the assault.

Early stories stated a bomber sitting within the entrance row had blown himself up, however this has not been confirmed and no group has admitted the bombing.

Muhammad Ijaz Khan, Peshawar capital metropolis police officer, informed native media that between 300 and 400 police officers had been current within the space on the time of the blast.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has strongly condemned it. In an announcement, Mr Sharif stated these behind the incident “don’t have anything to do with Islam”.

He added: “All the nation is standing united in opposition to the menace of terrorism.”

The blast came about throughout afternoon prayers within the north-western metropolis, round 13:30 (08:30 GMT), close to the nation’s border with Afghanistan.

A video circulating social media and verified by the BBC reveals that half of a wall has caved in. The mosque is roofed in bricks and particles as individuals clamber over the rubble to flee.

A rescue operation is continuous contained in the mosque and “extra our bodies are being taken out,” Peshawar metropolis Deputy Commissioner Shafiullah Khan stated.

“Presently our precedence is to avoid wasting individuals buried below the particles,” Mr Khan added.

Security officials inspect the site of a mosque blast inside the police headquarters in Peshawar on January 30, 2023.

Safety officers examine the location of a mosque blast contained in the police headquarters in Peshawar on January 30, 2023.

Mohammad Asim, a spokesman for the Woman Studying Hospital, stated that a few of these injured had been in a important situation.

“It is an emergency state of affairs,” Mr Asim added.

Woman Studying Hospital in Peshawar declared an emergency, and so they informed the BBC they had been nonetheless receiving these injured in the course of the explosion – and are calling for blood donations.

Pakistan Taliban are amongst teams which have carried out assaults prior to now. They ended a ceasefire in November, and violence has been on the rise since.

Final March, Peshawar was the target of another bombing, which killed dozens in a Shia mosque.

Within the capital, Islamabad Police issued a safety high-alert and stated safety in any respect entry and exit factors to town had been elevated.

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