At least 24 people were killed and many got injured in a suicide blast during Friday prayers at a mosque in northwest Pakistan.
Officials told PTI that rescue teams and police rushed to the site of the blast. The bodies and those injured are being shifted to local hospitals.
The suicide bomber screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ before denoting himself inside a packed mosque in the Payee Khan village near the Afghanistan border.
“The suicide bomber was in crowded mosque, he shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar, deputy administrator of Mohmand agency, told Reuters.
A resident Shireen Zada, who had prayed at another mosque, said when he rushed to the spot, there was blood everywhere.
“I rushed to the spot and when I went inside the hall there was blood and human remains everywhere and people crying out. I brought my pick-up truck, loaded three wounded and drove them to the hospital in Khar,” Shireen Zada said, referring to the nearest town,” he told Dawn.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the bombing, saying the government would remain steadfast in their fight against extremists.
“The cowardly attacks by terrorists cannot shatter the government’s resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” read a statement from Nawaz Sharif’s office.
According to Dawn, Jamaatul Ahrar, an offshoot of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility of the attack. The place where the attack took place, there the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.