At least 28 killed in suicide blast at Mohmand Agency mosque

Published: September 16, 2016
Victims of Friday's blast are being treated at Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar area of Mohmand Agency. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Victims of Friday's blast are being treated at Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar area of Mohmand Agency. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: At least 28 people were killed while another 31 injured in a suspected suicide blast inside a local mosque in Mohmand Agency during Friday prayers.

Confirming the incident, assistant political agent told The Express Tribune that the mosque was located in village Payee Khan in Anbar tehsil of the agency. “It was a suicide blast,” the assistant political agent quoted a witness as saying.

A young victim of Friday’s blast is being given medical care at Agency Headquarters Hospital in Mohmand Agency. PHOTO: EXPRESS

“The suicide bomber was in crowded mosque, he shouted
‘Allahu Akbar’, and then there was a huge blast,” Naveed Akbar,
deputy administrator of Mohmand agency said.

At least 14 killed, 52 wounded in suicide blast at Mardan district courts

A second regional official confirmed the bombing in the village of Payee Khan, in the troubled region of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) bordering Afghanistan.

“Many people were gathered inside the mosque where a suicide bomber blew himself up,” said Shaukat Khan, another official in Fata.

The country’s frontier regions, which are deeply conservative and hard to access due to rough terrain, have long been the sanctuary of fighters from al Qaeda, the Taliban and other extremist groups.

PM condemns attack

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the bombing, saying the government would remain steadfast in their fight against extremists.

“The cowardly attacks by terrorists cannot shatter the government’s resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” read a statement from PM’s office.

TTP Jamaatul Ahrar claims responsibility

Meanwhile, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.

In an emailed statement, TTP JA spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said a suicide bomber targeted the peace committee.

On Thursday, a woman was killed in a hand grenade attack in Lower Mohmand Agency. An official of political administration said unidentified militants lobbed grenades and opened fire at the house of a pro-government tribal elder Malik Nasir Khan in Shah Alam Sali, Michni. As a result, a woman who was inside the house was killed. However, the militants fled the site after retaliatory fire from the neighbouring houses.

Earlier this month, at least 14 people were killed and 52 others injured in a suicide attack at Mardan’s district courts. Six lawyers and two policemen were among the dead. The attacker lobbed a hand grenade at the entrance of the court before exploding himself at the main gate of Mardan district courts, DPO Mardan told The Express Tribune.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • hari
    Sep 16, 2016 - 4:18PM

    Pakistan indeed is burning! All the deceased souls, let them be born again in a better place and time.Recommend

  • Londonwala
    Sep 16, 2016 - 4:23PM

    Before taking his neighbors worries to UN; NS should first call fire engine to take care of burning house. Recommend

  • Londonwala
    Sep 16, 2016 - 4:44PM

    Before thinking to divide Hindustan (@ from another news post today where Pakistanis where trying hard to carve out Chattisgarh Tamilnadu Bodoland etc out of India…) first somone call fire engine and ambulance as another Friday and Diwali celebration has kick started in one of yoyr mosque.

    NS should should first provide security to own muslim men before worrying about neighbours.Recommend

  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 16, 2016 - 4:56PM

    Pushing your agenda on the shoulders of dead innocents, do you have any humanity? Recommend

    Sep 16, 2016 - 5:08PM

    We need a serious rethinking,even after giving extreme powers to military like military courts,no questions asked on mutilated bodies on road side in thousands.We have to admit that we as a sociecty have failed to secure our borders and radicalism within.Somebody calls ahamdias kaffir,somebody calls shias kaffir leave apart what we have done to non muslims.We pakistanis need critical thinking but alas everybody who argues for critical thinking is labelled a hindu and raw agent.We can defeat terrorism but it cant be done by force,Time being allah karim help us pakistanisRecommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 16, 2016 - 5:09PM

    No one in Pakistan is able to ask the monsters supporting terror groups as to how many citizens need to dies before they accept that good terrorist bad terrorist policy is an abject failure. Forget wisdom, even common sense is absent. Sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, made sacrificial lambs for some repugnant ideological goals.Recommend

  • Pakistan Zindabad
    Sep 16, 2016 - 5:56PM

    Do we call it “Genocide” of “Majority” or rights are reserved for selected sects????/Recommend

  • pk
    Sep 16, 2016 - 6:10PM

    Allahu Akbar has became a war cry now. Almost apocalyptic. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Sep 16, 2016 - 6:54PM

    Extremely sad! But is it really a surprise in a country where people shower rose petals on a murderer?Recommend

  • Gp65
    Sep 16, 2016 - 6:55PM

    RIP. any suicide attack and death of civilians is heartbreaking but when the blast occurs in a place of worship, it is particularly heart breaking. May God give the survivors t)3 courage to deal with the loss of the loved ones.

    @Acorn Guts: You have no irony here? In Kashmir valley, PakistanI proxies have not only killed tens of thousands of civilians (particularly Kashmiri Pandits but also many elected Muslims who were elected to legislature) over 20 years but also used those deaths to raise Kashmir issue internationally Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Sep 16, 2016 - 7:07PM

    Coward India strikes againRecommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Sep 16, 2016 - 7:34PM

    You guys should see a shrink.Even children are born in pakistan because of “coward india”Recommend

  • Tp
    Sep 16, 2016 - 7:37PM

    So much for “operations” !!
    Pakistan is a failed state.Recommend

  • Vikas
    Sep 16, 2016 - 7:41PM

    Eid Mubarak :-)Recommend

  • Abhijeet
    Sep 16, 2016 - 8:24PM

    There seems no seriousness in Pakistan to tame and finish off these murderous extremists and whatever is causing such incidents. With due regard to the sentiments associated with such horrific crimes, to me as an Indian it appears that Pakistan’s use of terrorism as state policy since the 80s has come full circle to bite it back. It was wrong then and it is wrong now. Pakistan must stop fighting needless wars, supporting freedom movements or instigating rebels in its neighborhood. It needs to stand on its two feet first. The civilian and military administrations need to connect which each other really urgently. Otherwise, it is looking at a deep abyss from which nothing in the world can save it.Recommend

  • jdd
    Sep 16, 2016 - 8:33PM

    Islam is root cause of all this just throw it awayRecommend

  • IndianDude
    Sep 16, 2016 - 9:12PM

    To all the Indian posters, please don’t paint all muslims with the broad brush as radicalized muslims from countries such as pakistan, somalia etc. Large portion of Indian muslims are by far the best of muslims due to their live and let live nature. No doubt lots of progress has to be made by indian muslims in reforming themselves to modern world, but they are at least trying, unlike pakistanis, somali or algerian muslims. Recommend

  • Sri Varahadev
    Sep 16, 2016 - 9:19PM

    Punjabi Military dominated Deep State of Pakistan must understand that whipping up Islamic passion to attack Hindu’s in India carries the very real risk that those “Strategic Asset” Muslims who have had their Islamic passions so whipped up can come to the contrary conclusion that it is easier, more pious, more life preserving and more power enhancing to vent their inflamed aggressive passions on fellow Momin’s within Pakistan herself.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Sep 16, 2016 - 10:46PM

    300 Million donation to Taliban Madrassa by Imran Khan is giving perfect result? What else you Pakistanis were expecting after that huge donation by Taliban Imran Khan???Recommend

  • sterry
    Sep 16, 2016 - 10:47PM

    @Londonwala: Don’t; worry about the coward agents that your India sends from its puppet ally in Afghanistan. The border is being secured and your agents won’t be able to harm Pakistani civilians like before. These past few years have seen a marked decline in coward attacks. Pakistanis from all provinces, all parties and all religions are united against yourRecommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Sep 17, 2016 - 5:40AM

    It is time to pull the plug on the “operations” charade. Obviously, this is only for the consumption of the media. Terrorism is thriving in Pakistan as usual. Every leader in Pakistan supports one terrorist group or another. For that matter the “agencies” also have their favorites.Recommend

  • Black Hawk
    Sep 17, 2016 - 6:56AM

    @Jamshed: Shame on people like you who blame India for the ills of your own society. These minsters are your own people whom people like you have created & nurtured by deflecting the blame they deserve on someone else.Recommend

  • Zen
    Sep 17, 2016 - 8:07AM

    While two security personnel are given to each Chinese.Recommend

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