Pakistan Death toll hits 63 in Daesh mosque attack

Kuwait City, 5th March 2022:

#Pakistan: Death toll hits 63 in #Daesh mosque attack

Officials vow to hunt down and arrest masterminds behind the deadly mosque assault

Pakistan: Officials vowed on Saturday to hunt down and arrest the masterminds behind a deadly mosque attack in Pakistan a day earlier claimed by a Daesh (Islamic State) affiliate.

The assault killed 63 people and wounded nearly 200.

Daesh terror network said in a statement the lone suicide bomber was from neighbouring Afghanistan. He shot two police guarding the mosque in northwest Peshawar before entering inside and exploding his device, it said.

The attack took place as worshipers knelt in Friday prayer. The affiliate, known as IS in Khorasan Province, is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban rulers in Afghanistan, who have been fighting Daesh, condemned the attack. Daesh has proven to be the Taliban’s greatest security threat since sweeping into power last August.

“We condemn the bombing of a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. There is no justification for attacking civilians and worshipers,” Taliban Deputy Minister for Culture and Information Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted. He refused to comment on the Daesh claim that the suicide bomber was Afghan.

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March 5, 2022 6:35 PM

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