Powerful Blast Occurs at a Shiite Mosque

Mar 5, 2022

On the afternoon of 4 March 2022, a powerful blast occurred at a Shiite mosque in the Kocha Risaldar area of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. A local official stated that two gunmen initially opened fire on police officers stationed at the main entrance of the mosque. One gunman and a police officer were killed in the subsequent gunbattle, while another assailant entered the facility and detonated an explosive device. At least 56 people were killed in the bombing and nearly 195 others were wounded. The death toll is likely to rise, as many of the wounded are hospitalized in serious condition. Although no group claimed immediate responsibility for the attack, both the Islamic State group and Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) have perpetrated similar attacks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the last suicide attack in Peshawar in June 2018.

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