Pakistan: At least 56 killed in bombing at Shi’ite mosque

Prayer hall of the mosque after the bomb blast during Friday prayers in Peshawar, Pakistan, March 4, 2022. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz

A suicide bombing at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar killed at least 56 people and injured nearly 200.

Two armed men fired at the police near the mosque before one of them forced his way into a crowded mosque and detonated his suicide vest, a senior police official told Reuters.

The fate of the second attacker remains unclear.

The attack is one of the deadliest in years on the Shi’a group, which has long been the target of Sunni militant outfits. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The mosque was the only place of worship for the Shi’ite community in Peshawar’s old city. Worshippers at the mosque in Peshawar had gathered for Friday prayers.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing