In Pakistan, suicide bombers blew themselves up in two mosques: 57 people were killed
On September 29 in Pakistan, during events dedicated to the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, suicide bombers carried out explosions in two mosques, killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 60. The publication told more about the tragedy to Reuters.
According to media reports, no group claimed responsibility for the explosions, one of which left dozens of people trapped under rubble. They came amid a sharp increase in militant attacks. This heightens the risk ahead of the general election scheduled for January.
The first explosion in the southwestern province of Balochistan killed 52 people, district health official Abdul Rashid said.
“The terrorist blew himself up next to a police vehicle near the Madina mosque, where people were gathering to take part in a procession,” said senior police official Munir Ahmed.
A second explosion in the neighboring northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed five people, caused the roof of a mosque to collapse, and trapped about 30-40 people under the rubble.
Both provinces border Afghanistan and have been under attack in recent years by Islamist militants seeking to overthrow the Pakistani government and impose strict Islamic law in the country.
The blast in Balochistan is a rare attack on civilians as Islamist militants have primarily targeted security forces in recent years.
Television footage showed hundreds of people helping the wounded into ambulances after the explosion. At least 58 people were injured, health official Abdul Rashid said, adding that the death toll could rise as many were seriously injured.
Militant attacks have increased since 2022, when a truce between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella group of hardline Sunni Islamist groups, ended.
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The TTP, responsible for some of Pakistan's deadliest terrorist attacks since its formation in 2007, has denied responsibility for Friday's bombings.
In July, more than 40 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a meeting of a religious political party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
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