Suicide bomber attack in Pakistan: 83 dead the tragic toll


In the vast majority of them, the victims were police officers

A suicide bomber attacked an Islamic mosque inside the police headquarters in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, killing at least 83 people, according to the latest toll released today by a hospital spokesman.

The blast occurred during midday prayers at the place of worship inside the police headquarters in Peshawar, some fifty kilometers from the border with Afghanistan.

Muhammad Asim Khan, a spokesman for Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, told AFP that at least nine bodies recovered from the rubble of the mosque were brought to it overnight. The roof of the place of worship and a wall collapsed due to the explosion.

Mr Khan also put the number of injured at 57, according to Reuters news agency.

Later “we will remove the last part of the roof that collapsed, so that we can retrieve more victims. We are pessimistic about our chances of finding other survivors,” Bilal Ahmad Faizi, a spokesman for the 1122 emergency service, told AFP.

In the vast majority of them, the victims were police officers.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the action at this stage.

The police headquarters in Peshawar is one of the most heavily guarded areas of the city. Various intelligence services are based there.

The capital and the rest of the country, especially areas on the border with Afghanistan, were put on even higher alert.

Pakistan has been faced for months, especially after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August 2021, with rapidly deteriorating security.

After a few years of relative calm, the attacks have followed one another; they have been attributed mainly to the Taliban Movement in Pakistan (TTP), the so-called Islamic State in Khorasan (ISIS) and separatist groups of the Baloch, a minority that lives mainly in Balochistan province. .


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