Headline RoundupJanuary 30th, 2023

Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens at Mosque in Northwest Pakistan

Summary from the AllSides News Team

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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