The death toll from Monday morning’s suicide explosion inside a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 34 while about 125 others sustained injuries, Deputy Commissioner, Shafiullah Khan, has said.
CNN reported that no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion in the mosque situated inside a police compound in the city which is mostly attended by law enforcement officials.
Reports revealed that the attack took place in the middle of afternoon prayers.
However, in a statement by Peshawar Police Chief Mohammad Aijaz Khan said the blast inside the Police Lines Mosque was “probably a suicide attack,” echoing Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
“The brutal killing of Muslims prostrating before Allah is against the teachings of the Quran,” Sharif said in a statement, adding that “targeting the House of Allah is proof that the attackers have nothing to do with Islam.”
“Terrorists want to create fear by targeting those who perform the duty of defending Pakistan,” the prime minister continued.
“Those who fight against Pakistan will be erased from the page.”
Sharif went on to say that “the entire nation and institutions are united to end terrorism” and that there’s a “comprehensive strategy” in the works in order to restore law and order in the northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is located.
Pakistan’s former leader Imran Khan, whose party the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf holds the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkwa also condemned the blast saying in a tweet that “it is imperative we improve our intelligence gathering & properly equip our police forces to combat the growing threat of terrorism.”