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Saturday Mar 05 2022
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Web Desk

Suspects involved in Peshawar mosque blast identified: Sheikh Rashid

By
Web Desk
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed says agencies are close to nabbing the culprits behind the suicide attack. -Screengrab
Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed says agencies are close to nabbing the culprits behind the suicide attack. -Screengrab

  • All the three suspects involved in the Peshawar mosque blast will be arrested in the next two to three days, says Sheikh Rasheed.
  • He urges the Opposition not to create confusion and misunderstanding among the people.
  • The ruling PTI will once again defeat the Opposition in the National Assembly, says Sheikh Rasheed.


ISLAMABAD: In a major development, all the three suspects involved in the suicide blast inside a mosque in Peshawar have been identified by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police and the investigation agencies, revealed Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Saturday.

In a video message shared on his Twitter handle, Sheikh Rashid said that the police and investigation agencies have reached close to the suspects and hoped that they would be arrested in the next two to three days.

The interior minister had earlier hinted at the involvement of foreign forces trying to destabilize the country and vowed to foil their nefarious designs.

In the video statement, the minister also urged the Opposition not to create confusion and misunderstanding among the people and warned, “floods, earthquakes or pandemics do not destroy the country but rumours and anarchy harms a state.”

He claimed that the prime minister will complete its constitutional five-year term and vowed that they will once again defeat the Opposition in the NA.

“The Opposition is fueling anarchy and agitation at a time when the country is moving forward,” he added.

Death toll rises to 63

The death toll in the suicide bomb attack on the Peshawar mosque a day earlier rose to 63 after six more of the injured succumbed to their injuries, confirmed a spokesperson of the Lady Reading Hospital Saturday.

The spokesperson said that 57 dead bodies were brought to the hospital yesterday.

“37 injured are still under treatment at the hospital,” he said, adding that five of them are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Case registered

The Counter-Terrorism Department has registered a case related to the suicide blast inside the Peshawar mosque. The FIR has been lodged under terrorism clauses.

Police also released CCTV footage of Friday's attack showing a man dressed in a traditional shalwar kameez tunic shoot two policemen as he entered the mosque.

He then detonated a suicide vest packed with ball bearings that ripped through the building, crowded with people just moments before Friday prayers were due to start.

According to reports, the investigators are checking the biometric data of people who had recently entered Pakistan from Afghanistan.