At least 59 people were killed and another 157 people were injured in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar (the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the border with Afghanistan), the Dawn newspaper writes.
The suicide bomber, according to law enforcement officers, set off an explosive device during midday prayers in the mosque, where there were many people, including police officers and military personnel. As a result of the explosion, half of the wall of the mosque collapsed and the survivors had to get out from under the rubble of the building.
A rescue operation continues at the scene of the incident, and the number of victims could rise. It is noted that at the time of the explosion in the mosque, which is mainly visited by police from the Peshawar headquarters, there could be up to 500 people.
Responsibility for the attack, according to the Geo TV channel, was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Taliban Movement of Pakistan, which is associated with the Taliban movement banned in the Russian Federation – NV), banned in Pakistan.
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