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Death toll in Pakistan mosque explosion rises to 90

Tuesday, 31 January, 2023, 11:12
Death toll in Pakistan mosque explosion rises to 90

The death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque in northwest Pakistan has risen to 90, a local official said Tuesday, a day after one of the worst attacks in months in the cash-strapped South Asian nation.

Shafiullah Khan, deputy commissioner of the city of Peshawar, where the bombing took place on Monday, said 177 other people, most of them police officers, had been injured and that 57 of them were still hospitalized, some in critical condition.

Officials said the bomber was standing in the first row of the crowded mosque when he set off his explosive vest during afternoon prayer, causing the roof to cave in. The death toll may rise as bodies continue to be recovered from the rubble of the mosque, which is inside a walled compound containing the police headquarters.