The number of victims of a terrorist attack on a Sunni mosque in the city of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 83, more than 150 people were injured. Most of the dead are policemen.
The terrorist attack on a mosque located in a heavily guarded area of the city was one of the deadliest attacks in recent years against Pakistani security forces. It happened during midday prayers when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device in a mosque with a crowd of people, including many military and police officers.
A Pakistani Taliban commander claimed responsibility for the attack, but the organization later denied involvement, arguing that the attacks on religious sites were against its policy.
Shahbaz Sharif, the country’s prime minister, visited the wounded in hospitals and vowed to take “tough measures” against those behind the bloody explosion.
Rescue work at the site of the tragic incident is complicated by the fact that the blast wave destroyed the roof of the mosque. The authorities admit that the number of victims may increase. The authorities of Peshawar have introduced a state of emergency in the field of medical care in all hospitals in the city.
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