At least 30 have been killed and 56 wounded in a blast at a mosque in northwest Pakistani provincial capital of Peshawar, a police official said Friday. Local police official Waheed Khan said the explosion occurred as worshippers had gathered in the Kucha Risaldar mosque in Peshawar's old city for Friday prayers.
It comes on the first day of a cricket Test match in Rawalpindi between Pakistan and Australia, who haven't toured the country in nearly a quarter of a century because of security concerns. The news report also said that all injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital and 10 people among the injured were in a critical condition.
"I saw a man firing at two policemen before he entered the mosque. Seconds later I heard a big bang," said Zahid Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack on the imambargah and directed for immediate medical aid to the victims, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.
People familiar with the developments said that it was a terrorist attack and gunfire followed the suicide attack. The Peshawar inspector-general of police received instructions to carry out a detailed investigation into the incident.