Pakistan suicide bombing death toll rises to 59

Pakistan suicide bombing death toll rises to 59

More than 59 people died and 157 were injured in a suicide bombing committed by the Tehrik and Pakistani Taliban (TTP), known as the Pakistani Taliban, this Monday at the Police Lines Mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, capital of Jiber Pajtunjua province ( North), after the last swing.

A Lady Reading Hospital spokesman, Mohammad Asim, has updated Dawn newspaper with the latest number of dead and injured and it is not excluded that the number could increase due to the severity of some of the injured and that there will always be more people buried underneath . the debris.

Police Chief Ejaz Jan van Peshawar said it was not known how many people were trapped in the rubble of the mosque, located near the police headquarters. “We are focusing on the rescue operation,” he said.

In this sense, Jan specified that “generally between 300 and 400 police officers participate in the prayers”. “If there has been an explosion in the area, it is a security issue, but an investigation will provide more details,” he told Pakistan’s Geo TV.

Among the dead is the imam of the mosque, Sahibzada Nurulamin, police confirmed. The suicide bomber was in the front row during midday prayers at the mosque before activating the explosive device he was carrying, prompting the TTP to release a statement on its propaganda channels saying he was a member of the group.

The explosion took place in the prayer room, the main room of the mosque, which could hold 250 or 300 people. The ceiling of the room collapsed on worshipers, including military, police and bomb experts.

Following the attack, the provincial health ministry declared a “medical emergency” and asked all health workers to remain alert to deal with the large number of casualties. In addition, the Inspector General of the Islamabad Police, Akbar Nasir Jan, placed the capital in “maximum security readiness” after the attack, according to the Islamabad Police via its Twitter account.

Pakistan President Arif Alvi condemned the “disgusting and cowardly” attack and vowed that “those responsible will be found and punished”. “Condolences to the families who lost an innocent member and prayers for the injured. Terrorism must be buried forever,” he said.

The incident was also condemned by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who stressed that the fact that the attack took place in a mosque shows that those responsible “have nothing to do with Islam”.

“These terrorists are trying to instill fear by attacking those who defend Pakistan,” said Sharif, who will soon travel to Peshawar.

In response, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari promised drastic measures to crack down on terrorists and supporters of terrorists.

Strongly condemn the appalling terrorist attack #Peshawar. Deeply saddened by the loss of innocent lives; My condolences to the affected families. Such cowardly acts will not determine our determination against terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) January 30, 2023

Adding to the convictions is former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Jan, who strongly condemned the attack and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. “It is imperative to improve our intelligence-gathering capabilities and adequately equip our police forces to combat the growing threat of terrorism,” he said.

The US Embassy in Pakistan, for its part, has expressed its “deepest condolences” to the families of the victims of this “terrible attack”. “The United States supports Pakistan in condemning all forms of terrorism,” he said.

Pakistan’s security forces have stepped up operations against the TTP in recent weeks, after the armed group announced in late November the end of the ceasefire agreed with Pakistani authorities after contacts brokered by the Afghan Taliban after taking power in Afghanistan in August 2021 .

The TTP group, which differs organizationally from the Afghan Taliban but adheres to the same strict interpretation of Sunni Islam, consists of more than a dozen armed Islamist groups operating in Pakistan, where they have killed some 70,000 people in two decades of violence. killed.

Source: La Neta Neta