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Explosion at mosque in Pakistan kills 56

Many of the wounded were in critical condition, Asim Khan, spokesman of the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, said.

A bomb blast ripped through a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan Friday, killing 56 people and injuring 194 others, Per Second News gathered from reports in  Risalder.

The blast took place in the Kocha Risaldar area of the city, which has a number of markets and is usually crowded around the time of Friday prayers, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported.

Many of the wounded were in critical condition, Asim Khan, spokesman of the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, said. Many victims were peppered with shrapnel, several had limbs amputated and others were injured by flying debris.

Peshawar police chief Muhammed Ejaz Khan said the attack started with two men opening fire on police outside the mosque. One attacker and a policeman were killed in the gunfight, and another police official was wounded. The remaining attacker then ran inside the mosque and detonated a bomb.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but both ISIS and the Pakistani Taliban have carried out similar attacks in the region, located near the border with Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing.

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