Islamic State claims duty for Peshawar mosque assault in Pakistan; dying toll rises to 63

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Peshawar, Mar 5: Pakistan’s Inside Minister on Saturday vowed to arrest the masterminds behind a lethal suicide assault claimed by the Islamic State terror group on a crowded Shia mosque throughout Friday prayers right here that killed at the least 63 individuals and injured almost 200 others.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Peshawar mosque attack in Pakistan; death toll rises to 63

A suicide bomber, belonging to the ISIS-Khorasan, blew himself up inside a mosque in Qissa Khwani bazaar in Peshawar, capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Friday, in one of many deadliest assaults within the restive area, bordering Afghanistan. The dying toll on Saturday rose to 63 after 5 extra individuals injured within the explosion succumbed to their wounds, a hospital official stated.

“The death toll from the mosque blast has touched 63 after five more people injured in the explosion succumbed to their injuries. The numbers might go up, ” Muhammad Asim, the spokesman at Girl Studying Hospital, Peshawar, the place the injured are being handled, stated. The Islamic State affiliate within the area generally known as Islamic State in Khorasan province and headquartered in Afghanistan claimed duty for the devastating assault on the imambargah in Koocha Risaldar, a largely Shia neighbourhood within the outdated metropolis of Peshawar. Inside Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police and investigation companies have recognized all three suspects linked to the assault and have closed in on them.

In a video message shared on Twitter, Ahmed stated the police and investigation companies would attain these suspects in a single or two days. Peshawar SSP (Operations) Haroon Rasheed Khan stated the explosion was a suicide blast. There have been two attackers however solely one among them was a suicide bomber, he stated. An eyewitness recognized an individual as wearing black because the suicide bomber, saying he entered the mosque, shot and killed the safety guard first after which fired 5 to 6 bullets.

“After that, he quickly entered the [mosque’s] main hall and blew himself up in front of the pulpit. Following this, there were bodies and injured people lying everywhere,” the eyewitness advised Geo Information. Quickly after the information of the bomb blast unfold, many individuals, together with girls, rushed in direction of the mosque to inquire in regards to the well-being of their relations, who had gone there to supply Jumma prayer, the Daybreak newspaper reported.

Each home positioned within the neighborhood of imambargah and within the close by streets was in mourning because the residents both misplaced one or two members or had members severely injured within the bomb blast. The final main terrorist assault was additionally carried out in a mosque in Dir Colony on Oct 27, 2020, killing eight college students and injuring round 120 injured as a timed system went off on the premises, the place numerous seminarians have been attending a category.

Friday’s assault was the largest terrorist exercise in Peshawar, the report stated. President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have strongly condemned the Peshawar blast. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has vowed to convey the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice. He stated focusing on individuals in a spot of worship is an inhuman and merciless act and directed authorities to make sure the perfect medical care to the injured. He has convened an emergency assembly at Chief Minister’s Home to evaluation the general safety scenario within the province, bordering Afghanistan. PTI

Story first printed: Saturday, March 5, 2022, 23:05 [IST]

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