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Pakistan bombing kills dozens in Shia mosque in Peshawar

A bombing inside a mosque in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar has killed at least 30 people, police say.

More than 50 people are reported to have been injured in the suspected suicide attack on the Shia mosque while Friday prayers were being held.

Some of the injured are said to be in a critical condition. No group has yet said it carried out the attack.

Thousands of people have been killed, most of them Shias, in Pakistan’s sectarian violence in recent years.

“I saw a man firing at two policemen before he entered the mosque. Seconds later I heard a big bang,” said one witness Zahid Khan, AFP news agency reports.

A view of the damage caused after a bomb blast at a Shi"ite Muslim"s mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, 04 March 2022.
Image caption,The scene inside the building after the bombing

The blast blew out windows in nearby buildings. Local people have been helping ferry the dead and injured in their cars or on motorbikes.

“We have declared an emergency at the hospitals,” said Muhammad Asim Khan, a spokesman for Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.

He confirmed the hospital had received more than 30 bodies.

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