Pak blast highlights: Death number in Peshawar explosion rises to 70, 150 injured
Pakistan Mosque Blast Live updates: The attack was the city's worst since March last year, when a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite Muslim mosque during Friday prayers killed at least 58 people and injured nearly 200.
An explosion in a mosque killed at least 59 worshippers and wounded over 150 in Pakistan's Peshawar, a hospital official said. Many of the casualties were police officers who had gathered for daily prayers, Reuters reported, citing city police chief.
The mosque was located close to a police housing block, and there were over 300 people inside when the blast occurred, according to police. The blast occurred near the Police Lines area around 1.40 pm when a suicide attacker blew himself up during the Zuhr (afternoon) prayers.
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Jan 31, 2023 12:35 AM IST
Peshawar mosque attack: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to observe a day of mourning
KP Caretaker Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan has announced a day of mourning for the victims of Peshawar mosque attack in the province on Tuesday, reports Geo news
Jan 30, 2023 11:57 PM IST
Notification issued against entry of guests in Peshawar Police Lines as attacker allegedly lived in family quarters
A notification issued by the Additional Inspector General Quarter banned the entry of guests in the Peshawar Police Lines and cautioned to take strict action against violators, reports Geo news. There are family quarters built inside the Police Lines and police is investigating if the attacker already lived in the area.
Jan 30, 2023 10:48 PM IST
Pak blast updates: Toll mounts to 59 as cops say more injured stuck under debris
Death toll in mosque blast in Pakistan’s Peshawar has risen to 59, Reuters reported citing the Hospital.
Jan 30, 2023 10:33 PM IST
Pakistan blast updates: Toll in Peshawar explosion rises to 48, over 157 injured
The death toll has mounted to 48, while157 injured in Taliban suicide attack at mosque in high-security zone in Pakistan's Peshawar, reports PTI
Jan 30, 2023 10:28 PM IST
Suicide bomber breached high security: Police
Peshawar police said the attacker appeared to have passed through several barricades manned by security forces to get into the "Red Zone" compound that houses police and counter-terrorism offices in the volatile northwestern city, reported Reuters.
Jan 30, 2023 09:44 PM IST
'Attack on Pakistan': Shehbaz Sharif meets victims of Peshawar blast
Jan 30, 2023 09:42 PM IST
This is no less than an attack on Pakistan: PM Shehbaz Sharif
Jan 30, 2023 09:12 PM IST
4 men still trapped in the wreckage: Report
As darkness fell, at least four men were still trapped in the wreckage, visible through cracks in the concrete, alongside bodies yet to be recovered, reports AFP.
Jan 30, 2023 08:59 PM IST
Azerbaijan condemns Peshawar mosque attack
Jan 30, 2023 08:47 PM IST
Pakistan on high alert after mosque blast in Peshawar
Pakistan has been put on high alert after the blast, with checkpoints ramped up and extra security forces deployed. In capital city Islamabad, snipers were deployed at many places to strengthen security measures, reported AFP.
Jan 30, 2023 08:38 PM IST
Police and security officials targeted in Pakistan mosque blast; toll reaches 47: Report
Police officers and security officials were targeted and accounted for 'most' deaths in the mosque blast in Pakistan's Peshawar which happened on Monday, reported Reuters. Official death toll stands at 47 even as scores of injuries are being reported amid a frantic evacuation bid.
Jan 30, 2023 08:12 PM IST
Pak cricketer Naseem Shah condemns Peshawar blast
Jan 30, 2023 08:07 PM IST
Peshawar hospital capable of coping with such emergencies: Imran Khan's Party PTI
Jan 30, 2023 07:58 PM IST
Pakistan blast updates: Toll in Peshawar explosion rises to 47, over 153 injured
Jan 30, 2023 07:55 PM IST
Suicide blast, a revenge for killing Pak Taliban commander Umar Khalid Khurasani, claims his brother
A brother of the slain commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Umar Khalid Khurasani claimed that the suicide blast was part of the revenge attack for his brother who was killed last August in Afghanistan, reports PTI
Jan 30, 2023 07:29 PM IST
Such acts are against the teachings of Islam: Pak President
Pakistan president Arif Alvi condemned the Peshawar mosque attack. He said that such acts of terrorism are against the teachings of Islam. Praying for the speedy recovery of those injured in the attack. Patience for the heirs of Jameel for those martyred in the blast, he tweeted.
Jan 30, 2023 07:06 PM IST
“I am shattered…” Malala Yousafzai over Pak mosque attack
Jan 30, 2023 06:43 PM IST
Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif urges party workers to donate blood for those injured in attack
Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif has urged its party workers to donate blood to save the lives of those injured in the suicide attack. People with 'O-Negative' blood are appealed to immediately reach Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar to save the lives, he wrote on Twitter.
Jan 30, 2023 06:23 PM IST
‘We need peace…’: Pak cricketers condemn Peshawar blast
Pakistan cricketers on Monday condemned the blast which took place at a mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar, killing 46 people and injuring over 100. Read more
Jan 30, 2023 06:21 PM IST
"Blast took place just…": Witness recalls moments after explosion
Shahid Ali, a policeman who survived, said the explosion took place seconds after the imam started prayers. “I saw black smoke rising to the sky. I ran out to save my life,” the 47-year-old told AFP.
Jan 30, 2023 05:58 PM IST
PM Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister depart for Peshawar
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said he and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had departed for Peshawar. “The premier will be briefed on all aspects of the blast,” he said on Twitter, adding that PM Shehbaz would also visit the injured, reports Dawn.
Jan 30, 2023 05:52 PM IST
Pakistan Taliban commander claimed responsibility for suicide bombing at mosque which killed nearly 50
Sarbakaf Mohmand, a commander for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack at mosque which killed nearly 50, reports AP
Jan 30, 2023 05:32 PM IST
Pakistan blast updates: Toll in Peshawar explosion rises to 46, over 100 injured
Lady Reading Hospital officials said 46 people have died so far. However, the Peshawar Police has released a list of 38 victims, reports PTI
Jan 30, 2023 05:25 PM IST
Militant violence spiked by 22% in 2022 in Pakistan: Report
According to the Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, militant violence spiked by 22% in 2022 compared with 2021, reported Bloomberg.
Jan 30, 2023 05:17 PM IST
What Pakistan Defence Minister said
"We're getting that the terrorist was standing in the first row," Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told Geo TV, reported Reuters
Jan 30, 2023 04:58 PM IST
Death toll in Peshawar explosion rises to 32, 147 injured
Death toll in Peshawar explosion rises to 32, 147 injured, reports Reuters citing hospital spokesperson.
Jan 30, 2023 04:45 PM IST
Rescue operation still on: Police
Rescuers scrambled trying to remove mounds of debris from the mosque grounds and get to worshippers still trapped under the rubble, AFP reported citing police.
Jan 30, 2023 04:21 PM IST
'Don't know how..': Witness recalls moments after explosion
A survivor, 38-year-old police officer Meena Gul, said he was inside the mosque when the bomb went off. He said he doesn't know how he survived unhurt. He could hear cries and screams after the bomb exploded, Gul said.
Jan 30, 2023 04:16 PM IST
Blast at mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar targets police
The blast at mosque targeted police. Most of the casualties were police officers who had gathered for noon prayers, reports Reuters.
Jan 30, 2023 04:05 PM IST
What we know so far on the blast
No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, known as the Pakistan Taliban, has carried out a number of suicide attacks in the past, targeting security personnel.
Jan 30, 2023 03:57 PM IST
Security increased in major cities in Pakistan following Peshawar blast
Security has been beefed up in other major cities, including Islamabad, after the Peshawar blast.
Jan 30, 2023 03:53 PM IST
What Peshawar city deputy commissioner said
"I am here at the scene and rescue work is ongoing," said Peshawar city deputy commissioner Shafiullah Khan. "More bodies are being taken out. Currently our priority is to save people buried under the debris."
Jan 30, 2023 03:42 PM IST
What Pakistan local media said on the blast
According to doctors, more than 10 injured people were in critical condition. The area has been completely sealed and only ambulances are being allowed to enter the locality, according to Dawn.
Jan 30, 2023 03:39 PM IST
Former Pakistan PM condemns ‘terrorist suicide attack’ in Peshawar
Former Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the bombing, calling it a “terrorist suicide attack" in a Twitter posting. “My prayers & condolences go to victims families," said the ex-premier. “It is imperative we improve our intelligence gathering & properly equip our police forces to combat the growing threat of terrorism.”
Jan 30, 2023 03:36 PM IST
Pakistan PM condemns bombing, vows ‘stern action’
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in a statement condemned the bombing, and ordered authorities to ensure the best possible medical treatment to the victims. He also vowed “stern action" against those who were behind the attack.
Jan 30, 2023 03:34 PM IST
‘Emergency situation’ in Peshawar following blast
Part of the mosque roof and wall had collapsed and bloodied survivors limped from the wreckage, as dead bodies were ferried away in ambulances, an AFP reporter saw.
"It's an emergency situation," Muhammad Asim Khan, a spokesman for the main hospital in Peshawar, told AFP.
Jan 30, 2023 03:28 PM IST
Where did the blast take place?
Peshawar is the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan and has been the scene of frequent militant attacks.
Jan 30, 2023 03:27 PM IST
Suicide bomber suspected, police say
The bomber detonated his suicide vest as some 150 worshipers — including many policemen from nearby police offices — were praying inside. The impact of the explosion collapsed the roof of the mosque, which caved in and injured many, according to Zafar Khan, a local police officer.
Jan 30, 2023 03:25 PM IST
What Pakistan police said on the blast
The blast occurred near the Police Lines area around 1.40 pm when a suicide attacker blew himself up during the Zuhr (afternoon) prayers.
Jan 30, 2023 03:24 PM IST
Pakistan Peshawar Explosion: What we know so far
The mosque was located close to a police housing block, and there were some 260 people inside when the blast occurred, according to police.