A bomb blast occurred at a mosque in Peshawar’s Police Line area on Monday afternoon, killing at least 25 and injuring more than 100 people, official sources reported.
According to official sources, more than two dozen people were killed and 100 others injured in the suspected suicide bombing which took place at around 1:40 pm as Zuhr prayers were being offered at a mosque in Peshawar.
Mohammad Asim, a spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital (LRC), confirmed the casualties, adding that some of the injured persons were in critical condition, and the death toll is on the rise.
“A portion of the mosque building had collapsed and several people are believed to be under it,” Sikandar Khan, a police officer told Reuters news agency on Monday.
As of now, no group has claimed the responsibility for the brutal terror attack resulting in the death in injury of scores of innocent civilians.
Emerging details indicate that the suicide bomber was reportedly setting in the first row of the congregational prayer inside the mosque.
“I was inside the mosque when the bomb went off. I do not believe how I survived unhurt, I could hear cries and screams all around after the bomb exploded,” a local person said to Associated Press.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the terror attack in the strongest terms and ordered to provide the best treatment for the victims. He authorized the security agencies to conduct a comprehensive investigation and deal with the perpetrators accordingly.
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter by condemning the act and expressed his condolences to all families affected by today’s blast. He also called on Pakistan’s current regime to improve intelligence gather and take extraction security measures to avoid similar terror attacks across Pakistan.
Since Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also known as Pakistan Taliban ended its unilateral ceasefire with the government in November, the militant group has increased its attacks across the country, targeting police officials, army personnel, ISI officers, and ordinary people.