Mosque bombed in Pakistan, at least 30 killed

A bomb explodes inside a Shia Muslim mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Friday (4/3).

Police reported that at least 30 people were killed and dozens more injured. The death toll is likely to rise, given that some of the injured are in critical condition.

A local police official named Waheed Khan said the explosion occurred as worshipers gathered at the Kucha Risaldar mosque in Peshawar’s old city for Friday prayers. A number of ambulances rushed through the narrow streets, taking the injured to Lady Reading Hospital – the nearest healthcare facility.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, but neither the Islamic State group nor the Pakistani Taliban organization have carried out similar attacks in the region, which lies near the border with neighboring Afghanistan.

Rescue workers and volunteers gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, March 4, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Rescue workers and volunteers gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, March 4, 2022. (Photo: AP)

Shayan Haider, a witness, said he was preparing to enter the mosque when a powerful explosion threw him into the street. “I opened my eyes and there was dust and bodies all over the place,” he said.

The Lady Reading Hospital Emergency Unit was reportedly overwhelmed with the victims. The doctors transferred many of the injured people to the operating room.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing.

In Pakistan, which is predominantly Sunni Muslim, the minority Shia Muslim group suffers frequent attacks. [ab/uh]