PESHAWAR: At least six people were killed, and 24 were injured in a blast inside a mosque, near Meena Bazaar in Peshawar on Saturday, reported Express News.
The blast ripped Jamia Chishtia mosque used by the followers of Barelvi sect. The bomb was planted near the front row of the congregation and people were getting ready to pray when the blast occurred, eye witnesses said.
He said the bomb was planted beside the prayer leader and was detonated at about 1:15pm.
Eye witnesses said that there were as many as 35 people praying in the mosque when the bomb went off.
Rescue teams and police arrived at the site and bomb disposal squad said that initial investigations had suggested explosive materials weighing between three to four kilogrammes with ball bearings was detonated through a timed device which left a crater six to seven feet deep.
An official said that 27 injured were brought to the Lady Reading hospital and two of them were in critical condition. At least four of those injured were children. The official added that there were no women and children among the casualties.
Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has been the site of several terrorist attacks in recent months.
The city is surrounded by tribal regions where Al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban militants are said to have hideouts.
Denying involvement, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Eshanullah Ehsan said the TTP was opposed to attacks on public places and gatherings.
On October 28, 2009, a huge blast took place in Charri Koban Bazaar the meeting point of Meena Bazaar and Kochi Bazaar which was mostly filled with women. The blast, the deadliest attack in the history of Peshawar, claimed around 120 lives and left more than 200 injured and traumatised for the rest of their lives.
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