Rescuers moving victims of Soucide blast at a Shiite mosque in Shikarpur, Pakistan, into an ambulance on Friday.


A Suspected suicide bomber has blown himself up at a mosque in north-western Pakistan—killing 56 people and injuring dozens more, according to Police and Hospital officials.

The attack, which also left about 195 people wounded, took place at a Shiite mosque on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, where rescuers furiously conveyed the dead and wounded from the scene.

According to an eyewitness, the attacker entered the mosque before Friday prayers and open “fire with a pistol”, picking out the worshipers “one-by-one,” before blowing himself up.

Peshawar Police Chief Muhammed Ejaz Khan said the violence started when an armed attacker opened fire on police outside the mosque in Peshawar’s old city. One policeman killed in the gunfight, and another police officer was wounded. The attacker then ran inside the mosque and detonated his suicide vest.

The attack comes at a time when Pakistan which has recently started hosting international teams again after high profile international hosting were shifted to the UAE due to security concerns, is currently hosting an Australian cricket team who are on a tour in Pakistan for the first time in over two decades and are staying in Islamabad, 140 kilometers (87 miles) from Peshawar.

Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the Peshawar blast, according to his office.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack immediately. Both the Islamic State group and the Pakistani Taliban are known for carrying out such attacks.

Lately Pakistan has experienced a broad increase in violence. Dozens of military personnel have been killed in scores of attacks on army outposts along the border with Afghanistan. Much has been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, which analysts say have been emboldened by the Afghan Taliban’s return to power last August.

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