PESHAWAR: A powerful blast rocked the streets of the heavily populated Peshawar region of Pakistan in the early afternoon of Monday. As many as 28 people are said to have perished in this blast along with the injury of more than 150 additional people.
According to reports, a bomb went off in a local mosque in the Police Lines region in the city at around 1:40 PM (local time). Suspectedly triggered by a suicide bomber, this blast led to the collapse of a part of the mosque. The blast had reportedly taken place while the afternoon prayers were going on during the incident.
As the blast took down a part of the structure, several people were trapped in the debris of the mosque and the emergency teams were working hard to retrieve both dead and injured people trapped inside. Reportedly the mosque was near a police installation and a squad was in place to prevent any incidents, but there was a failure in the process.
An official with the local administration has reportedly mentioned that an emergency has been imposed in the hospitals in the city to ensure the free movement of medical personnel and give proper medical care to the injured. While a doctor with one of the hospitals has mentioned that several of the injured people are in a very serious condition. A local government official also requested the citizens of the city to come out and donate blood for the victims.
The roads leading to important institutions including the Governor's House, Chief Minister Secretariat and Corps Headquarters were closed immediately amidst fears of more blasts
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the blast and ensured strict action against the militants.
Rescue operations are still on at the site of the incident and more details are awaited regarding this incident.
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