The death toll of a Monday suicide bombing at a crowded mosque in Pakistan's Peshawar has been upped to 90 as more information on casualties of this latest attack targeting police, in the northwestern city ridden with Islamist militias, trickles in.
The attacker slipped through several manned security barricades into the “Red Zone” compound housing police and counter-terrorism offices, in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, the police said.
“It was a suicide bombing,” Peshawar Police Chief Ijaz Khan told Reuters, adding that more than 90 people were killed and 176 wounded, many of them critically.
The attack came a day ahead of an International Monetary Fund team mission to Islamabad. The mission intended to initiate talks on freeing funding for the South Asian economy hit by a balance of payment crisis.
Blast in Peshawar Mosque! My thoughts and prayers are with the departed, the injured and their families. Please pray for the people of Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/RMsCMUD5fO— Allah Islam Quran (@AllahGreatQuran) January 30, 2023
I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Peshawar and express my deepest sympathies with the families of the martyrs and pray for the speedy recovery of the victims.#Peshawarblast pic.twitter.com/YtOgMYi7n2— Mohammad Wasim Jr (@Wasim_Jnr) January 30, 2023
“The U.S. mission in Pakistan expressed deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific attack,” Washington's embassy released in a statement.
Thank you to the people of Peshawar ❤️ pic.twitter.com/yCYudfwMSP— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) January 30, 2023
Smack-bang in the middle of Pakistan's tribal districts bordering Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, Peshawar is a frequent target of Islamist militant groups including the Islamic State and the Pakistani Taliban.
The U.S. Mission to Pakistan extends its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the horrific attack at a Police Lines mosque in Peshawar on January 30. The United States stands with Pakistan in condemning all forms of terrorism.— U.S. Embassy Islamabad (@usembislamabad) January 30, 2023