Suicide attack in Pakistan leaves at least 50 people dead.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on September 29, 2023
At least 50 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a suicide attack in Pakistan.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blast happened near a mosque in the southwestern province of Balochistan on Friday as people gathered to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
A state of emergency has been declared in Balochistan with the police chief, Abdul Khaliq Sheikh revealing that a senior police officer was killed while trying to stop the attacker.
In a related development, a separate blast has taken place at a mosque near Peshawar City in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The number of casualties at the mosque in Hangu near Peshawar is not yet known but police say a number of people could be trapped under rubble after the roof collapsed.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti said the blast was a “very heinous act” and condemned what he called “the terrorist attacks” in Balochistan and Hangu.