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At least 100 killed in Pakistani Mosque bombing – Officials

Authorities say there was a security lapse and the inspector-general of police has set up an inquiry committee

The death toll in a bomb attack on a Pakistani Mosque rose to 100 as local officials acknowledged a security lapse led to one of the biggest attacks in recent years.

More than 300 worshippers were praying in the mosque in the city of Peshawar when the bomber detonated an explosive vest on Monday.

The blast ripped through the mosque, killing and injuring scores and also blew off a part of the roof.




One hundred people have now been confirmed dead and at least 225 others were wounded, Kashif Aftab Abbasi, a senior officer in Peshawar, told reporters on Tuesday.

Almost all of the dead and wounded are policemen, who worked in the high-security compound housing the mosque. It is still unclear how the bomber gained access to the area.

“Yes, there was a security lapse and the inspector-general of the police has set up an inquiry committee, which will look into all aspects of the bombing,” said Mr Abbasi.


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