Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens at Mosque in Northwest Pakistan
Dozens of people were killed and at least 150 were injured by a suicide bomber at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday.
The Details: The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the blast, which apparently targeted policemen who were praying at the mosque inside a police compound. It was the city's worst attack since last March, when more than 55 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in a suicide bombing in a Shiite mosque in Peshawar.
Key Quote: "The brutal killing of Muslims prostrating before Allah is against the teachings of the Quran," said Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a statement. He added that "targeting the House of Allah is proof that the attackers have nothing to do with Islam."
For Context: Peshawar, a city in northwestern Pakistan, has often been the target of militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban. Since the ceasefire that ended in November between the Pakistani Taliban and government forces, there has been a reported increase in militant attacks.
How the Media Covered It: The bombing was covered by sources across the political spectrum, with some left-rated sources noting that the Pakistani Taliban is claiming that the blast was "revenge" for the death of founder Omar Khalid Khorasani last year.
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From the LeftSuspected suicide attack on mosque in Pakistan kills more than 30 people and injures 125
A deadly blast inside a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar Monday was likely a suicide attack, according to authorities.
The powerful explosion left at least 34 people dead and 125 injured, according to Peshawar deputy commissioner Shafiullah Khan.
Rescue operations are now underway inside the mosque, which is situated inside a police compound in the city and is mostly attended by law enforcement officials.
No claims of responsibility have been made in relation to the attack so far, which took place in the middle of afternoon prayers.
From the RightSuicide bomber kills 28, injures 150 at Pakistan mosque
Twenty-eight people were killed and at least 150 wounded when a suicide bomber targeted worshipers at a mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan, authorities said Monday.
Saddique Khan, a senior police official in the city, said no one immediately took responsibility for the attack, the Associated Press reported. About 300 to 350 people were reportedly praying inside the mosque where the bomber struck, most of them policemen.
The bomber reportedly had a suicide vest on and was in the front row of the mosque. The explosion caused the roof to collapse, injuring many...
From the CenterPakistan mosque blast: At least 32 killed after attack in Peshawar
At least 32 people have been killed and 150 injured in a bombing at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
A section of the building was destroyed and officials say people are buried under the rubble.
Most of those who died were part of the police force, and it is believed they were the target of the attack.
Early reports said a bomber sitting in the front row had blown himself up, but this has not been confirmed. No group has said it carried out the attack.
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