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Suicide bombing at Shi’ite mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar kills at least 30 -Breaking

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By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters] – At least 30 people were killed by a suicide bomber at a Shiite mosque in Peshawar on Friday prayers, according to police and hospital officials.

According to hospital and police officials, the death rate is likely to increase as more of those injured are still in critical condition.

The attack was one of the most devastating in recent years against Pakistan’s Shiite population. It has been long targeted by Sunni Muslim Islamist militants such as Islamic State or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known under the name the Pakistani Taliban.

Mohammad Sajjad Khan, a police officer said that the emergency was over and that the injured were being shifted to the hospital.

Pakistan’s army has been clamping down relentlessly on militant groups in recent years to stop almost daily terrorist attacks.

Mohammad Aasim spokesmen for the Lady Reading Hospital, where victims were brought. He said that they have received over 30 bodies.

Ijaz Khan, a senior police officer confirmed the death toll of at least 30, and said it was suicide bombing.

According to him, two armed men had arrived on a motorbike near the mosque and they were stopped by outside police for a search.

He said, “They opened fire upon the police…and entered into the mosque.”

Both men are being investigated by police.

According to his office Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister condemned the bombing.

This attack occurs as Australia’s cricket team tour Pakistan for the first-time in more than two decades. They are currently in Islamabad 140 km (87 mi) away from Peshawar.

After security fears, Pakistan has recently resumed hosting international teams after shifting many of its high-profile international hosting activities to the UAE.

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