Peshawar mosque attack:The death toll in the Peshawar mosque blast rose to 70 as a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshipers during afternoon prayers on Monday, injuring more than 150 people. The incident took place in a high-security area of Pakistan's restive northwestern Peshawar city and most of the dead were police officers. Officials said the death toll had risen to 70. More than 150 people were also injured, news agency ANI quoted Muhammad Asim Khan of Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital as saying, while senior government official Shafiullah Khan told AFP the death toll was expected to rise as bodies were still being collected. Still being pulled from the wreckage. A report by news agency PTI said the attacker was affiliated with the Pakistan Taliban militant group, also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). TTP's Umar Khalid Khurasani said the suicide attack was part of an act of revenge to avenge the death of his brother who was killed in Afghanistan last year, PTI reported.
While the pain of the grieving families cannot be described in words, I express my heartfelt condolences & most sincere sympathies. My message to the perpetrators of today's despicable incident is that you can't underestimate the resolve of our people. https://t.co/edUJ6SbP3M— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) January 30, 2023