59 People Killed, Nearly 150 More Injured in Mosque Pakistan Explosion

At least 59 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in Pakistan from a deadly mosque explosion.

  • Over 50 people have been killed and nearly 150 more injured during an attack that took place inside a mosque in northern Pakistan on Monday.
  • Officials in the city of Peshawar reported at least 260 people were in the mosque praying when the explosion occurred.
  • Sarbakaf Mohmand, a commander for the Pakistani Taliban, took responsibility for the attack, one of the deadliest on security forces in the country in recent years.
  • Authorities said Mohmand passed through several barricades to breach the “Red Zone” that houses police and counter-terrorism offices.
  • “It was a suicide bombing,” Peshawar Police Chief Ijaz Khan confirmed with Reuters. “We have found traces of explosives.”
  • Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited the wounded Monday, saying the attack is “unimaginable.”
  • “The sheer scale of the human tragedy is unimaginable. This is no less than an attack on Pakistan,” Sharif said.

“Terrorists want to create fear by targeting those who perform the duty of defending Pakistan,” Sharif said. “The entire nation is standing united against the menace of terrorism.”

  • Earlier this month, another gunman claimed by the Pakistani Taliban shot and killed two intelligence officers, including the director of the counterterrorism unit of the country’s military-based agency Inter-Services Intelligence.
  • The militant group, Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), associated itself with Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban and launched a number of attacks across the country at the time.
  • Pakistani authorities have said the TTP is operating out of nearby Afghanistan.
  • The TTP was created to fight the Pakistani state and enforce its radical view of Islam after American-led forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to drive out the Taliban.