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A blast inside a mosque adjacent to a madrassa in Peshawar has killed at least eight people and injured more than 90

 A blast inside a mosque near a madrassa in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has killed at least eight people and injured dozens, officials say.

The Yakatoot police official told the BBC's Azizullah Khan that the blast took place Monday morning at the Spin Jamaat mosque and madrassa in Peshawar's Dir Colony.

Peshawar CCPO Muhammad Ali Khan said the blast occurred at 8.30am while children were reciting the Koran. According to him, the initial investigation showed that five to six kilograms of explosives were used which were kept in a bag.

According to Rescue 1122 spokesman Bilal Faizi, there was a pit at the site of the blast.

Speaking to reporters after the incident, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Minister Timur Jhagra confirmed that seven people had been killed in the blast and said more than 70 injured had been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

He said that children were also among the injured while some of the injured have been shifted to other hospitals. The provincial minister said that at present the entire focus was on providing better medical facilities to the injured.

Peshawar blast

However, Lady Reading Hospital spokesman Muhammad Asim later said in a statement that the death toll from the blast had risen to eight. According to him, seven bodies were brought to the hospital after the blast while one injured died at the hospital.

According to the spokesman, the bodies of all the deceased have been handed over to their heirs after identification.

The spokesman also said that out of the 95 injured who were brought to the hospital, 40 have been discharged after first aid.

According to a hospital spokesman, most of the bodies and injured brought to the hospital were burnt and had pellets in their bodies and most of them were shifted to the LRH burn unit and ENT department. Is.


Where is this mosque located?

The mosque is located in Dir Colony on Ring Road and a few steps away from the mosque is a madrassa in a street known as Darul Uloom Zubairia. This madrassa is affiliated with Maulana Samiul Haq's Madrassa Darul Uloom Haqqani Akora Khattak.

People present in the mosque said that the number of students in this madrassa is more than two thousand, due to which one class is held in the hall of the mosque in the morning.

Dir Colony is located outside the ancient inner city. This area is densely populated and is located within the limits of Yakatut police station. There have been previous incidents of violence in the area.

According to people in the mosque, most of the students at the madrassa are from outside Peshawar, while Afghan students also study at the madrassa.

An eyewitness said he was sitting in the hall at the time of the blast. The blast was followed by smoke and fire. He said he could not see or hear anything after the blast.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Information Shibli Faraz while talking to a private channel said that better security arrangements need to be made in this regard.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Special Assistant for Information Kamran Bangash also said that security in the city was tight in this regard. According to him, it was a big tragedy but if there was no security alert, there could have been more deaths.

He said that the Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has also called an emergency meeting in this regard.

Reaction on social media

Expressing grief over the Peshawar blast, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote on Twitter: "I want to assure my nation that we will ensure that those responsible for this cowardly and barbaric attack are brought to justice as soon as possible." Will be brought to justice.

Sahar Tariq wrote: "A terrorist attack is always a tragedy, but an attack that targets children is an unbearable evil tragedy. I hope that those who make and carry out such plans will be doomed. "


Analyst Nadeem Farooq Paracha wrote that the steps taken in 2015 to curb terrorism had backfired. Instead of consensus, the government and the state laid the groundwork for division.

He further wrote, "The enemy is not at the gates but at the gate." Do something sensible. '

Nabil Qadeer wrote: "Mourning over the death of children is a natural process, but whenever such incidents occur, it is important to identify those responsible and condemn them."

He further wrote in a questioning manner: 'Who wants an unstable Pakistan? Neighbors' offers that cause harm should be rejected. Think and act. '

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