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47 Killed in Attack on Police at Pakistan Mosque

30 January 2023, Monday
At least 47 individuals have been tragically killed due to a bomb that was apparently aimed at police officers praying in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. As of now, there are those still buried under wreckage at the scene. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that “terrorists are attempting to generate fear by targeting those who are dedicated to protecting Pakistan”.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, however it has been linked to the Pakistani Taliban. The militant group discontinued its ceasefire in November, with violence escalating since then. In December they attacked a police station, leading to the deaths of 33 militants in the north-western region of the country. The latest attack in Peshawar is similar to this event.

Reports emerged suggesting a bomber had detonated an explosive device in a mosque. Peshawar police chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told media that between 300 and 400 law enforcement personnel were in the vicinity at the time.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated that those responsible for the attack have "no connection to Islam". He further declared that the whole country is united to address the issue of terrorism.

An explosion occurred at 1:30pm local time (8:30am GMT) during afternoon prayers in the city of Quetta, close to Afghanistan's border.

Video footage, verified by the BBC, featuring on social media shows a wall has partially collapsed due to the blast. All that was left of the mosque is a pile of bricks and debris, with people attempting to escape the wreckage.

Rescuers are still conducting an operation inside the mosque, and according to Shafiullah Khan, the Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar city, more bodies are being retrieved. He added that saving those trapped under the rubble is the primary concern at present.

Mohammad Asim, the spokesperson for Lady Reading Hospital in the city, stated that a few of those injured were in an alarming condition. He proceeded to say, "It's an emergency situation." Lady Reading Hospital has activated an emergency protocol and told the BBC that they are still receiving victims of the incident.

The prime minister made an urgent trip to Peshawar to be briefed by local authorities and pay his respects to those affected by the explosion. Last March, a bombing at a Shia mosque in the city caused multiple deaths. In the wake of this new incident, Islamabad Police have heightened the security alert and bolstered security at the city's entry and exit points.
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