Death toll from Peshawar mosque explosion rises to 32
A suspected suicide explosion targeting police officers at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has left over 30 people dead and 150 others injured.
The main hall of the mosque could hold about 300 people, and according to Muhammad Ijaz Khan, the police chief of Peshawar, it was "almost full" when the explosion occurred.
He declared that "efforts are being made to get them out safely."
The bombing was denounced in a statement by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also directed officials to provide the bombing victims with the finest medical care available.
He pledged to take "severe action" against the perpetrators of the crime.
At least 32 people were murdered in the incident, according to Muhammad Asim, a spokesperson for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, and more than 70 others were injured and needed medical attention.
According to Peshawar's police commander Ijaz Khan, the mosque is situated inside a complex that also houses the provincial police force's headquarters and a counterterrorism division.
He added that there was a chance of a suicide bombing and that there were signs of explosives within the mosque.
The explosion, which swept through the crowded mosque and brought down a wall, has not yet been assigned a cause.
The structure is situated in a heavily guarded section of the city. According to Sikandar Khan, a police official, there were at least 260 people inside.
He continued, "A part of the building had collapsed, and it is thought that numerous individuals were underneath it."
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