At least 30 attendees, including the prayer leader, were martyred, and at least 50 people were injured, with 10 critically injured, after a bomb exploded at a mosque in Peshawar’s Kocha Risaldar neighbourhood during Jumma prayers.

According to the most recent reports, shortly after the explosion, police and rescue crews were on the scene, and a rescue effort is ongoing. The injured are being rushed to Lady Reading Hospital by emergency crews, while locals and neighbours are also assisting in carrying the injured in their personal vehicles. The injured are being rushed to Lady Reading Hospital by emergency crews, while locals and neighbours are also assisting in carrying the injured on their motorbikes and automobiles.

Police and security officers have cordoned off the area and begun collecting evidence, while officials have declared an emergency at Lady Reading Hospital.

Meanwhile, CCPO Peshawar stated that the terrorists entered the mosque following an exchange of fire with police personnel, which resulted in the death of one police official and the injury of another.

Sheikh Rashid, the Federal Minister of Interior, was alerted to the fatal suicide bombing inside a mosque in Peshawar and requested a report from the chief secretary and Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police.

The Interior Minister strongly denounced the terrorist act and expressed grief for the loss of innocent lives in a tweet.

Sheikh Rashid later told the media that the event was “a scheme to destabilise Pakistan at a time when an international cricket team is visiting the country.”

The minister stated that he leads a weekly meeting to examine internal security problems, but there was no such danger warning.

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