Pakistan mosque bombing kills dozens; Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claims credit for attack

Casey Mills
September 23, 2016

A suicide attack at a mosque in a tribal area of north-western Pakistan has left 25 people dead including two children.

Other officials have said that up to 35 may have been injured.

A suicide bomber screamed "Allahu Akbar" and detonated himself in a packed mosque in Pakistan. Rescue team retrieved bodies and rescued the injured from the rubble of the mosque as the corridor of the mosque had also collapsed and fell on the worshippers.

Some reports said the attacker had shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great).

Relatives of the victims said that some survivors succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital in Bajaur Agency.

Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a banned fraction of outlawed Pakistani Taliban, claimed that they are fully responsible for this attack, which targeting at the pro-government people in the mosque.

The Friday attack targeted a mosque in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taleban militants. They managed to capture another.

Local tribal elder Haji Subhanullah Mohmand said local tribesmen had gathered a volunteer force, killed one insurgent and captured another.

Critics say recent rise in attacks, however, suggests the militants remain capable of inflicting major assaults, though a lot of them have targeted civilian installations, including hospitals and public parks.

The death toll from a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northwest tribal Pakistan rose to 30 on Saturday, officials said.

The attack in Quetta was also claimed by ISIL, which has been trying to make inroads in South Asia.

Following the suicide bombing on Friday, the security forces intensified checking at the entry and exit routes to Mohmand Agency.

'The area is remote and so far I have received only this information from our sources via wireless, ' he said.

The outlawed armed group Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has been routinely attacking soft targets such as courts, schools and mosques, causing mass casualties among the civilian population.

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