A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers, killing at least 23 people and injuring 29others in Mohmand Agency in Pakistan’s restive northwest tribal region. The attacker blew himself when the prayers were in progress at the mosque in the Anbar tehsil of the agency bordering Afghanistan.
“It was a suicide blast,” a local official said. “Many people were gathered inside the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up,” said an eyewitness.
“A suicide bomber was in the mosque. He shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and blew himself up,” Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told reporters.
Rescue teams and police rushed to the spot. The bodies and the injured are being shifted to local hospitals for medical treatment. Injured were also transported to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban routinely targets courts, schools and mosques. The attack came on a day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed to continue the war against militancy and terrorism till elimination of the last terrorist.
During a meeting with Army chief General Raheel Sharif on Friday, the prime minister expressed the resolve to continue the war against terrorism and militancy.
Here’s how people on Twitter reacted after the suicide blast:
Big numbers of casualties of FATA Pashtuns in Moomand mosque blast is not main news for Pak tv channels.Pashtun killing is old/new normal.
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) September 16, 2016
— Tawqeer Hussain (@tawqeerhussain) September 16, 2016
This is the importance of a life in Pakistan. Bomb blast in a mosque in Mohmamd agency is reported 15 minutes late due to Rao Anwar fiasco
— Shezreh Mirza (@ShezrehMirza) September 16, 2016
I strongly condem the suicide attack. For God sake forgive the worship places – How ill minded thinking you have.
— Iftikhar uddin (@catchifti) September 16, 2016
— Abdullah Malik (@MalikPak199) September 16, 2016
Condemn the #MohmandAgency suicide attack in a mosque while people were ready for Friday prayer 23 killed and several wounded
— Sanna Ejaz ( سیاله ) (@sanaejaz2) September 16, 2016
Shia Sunni Mullas under Saudi Irani guidlines preaching hate in Pakistan 16 killed in Mosque suicide attack http://t.co/Fuhrthg7Vp
— Mohammed Naim (@profmnaim) September 16, 2016
— ashok kumar (@akbundi) September 16, 2016
— Padmanabhan Jaikumar (@p_jaikumar) September 16, 2016
prayers to the family and victims.my soul hurts”Suicide bomber kills at least 16 during Friday prayers in Pakistan”http://t.co/sOcAT5OLu6
— meztli moctezuma (@bootyhammett) September 16, 2016