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Photograph shows the extent of damage to the mosque Peshawar after a deadly suicide bombing killed at least 14 worshippers on June 21, 2013.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Photograph shows the extent of damage to the mosque Peshawar after a deadly suicide bombing killed at least 14 worshippers on June 21, 2013.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
People gather at a site targeted by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, June 21, 2013. — Photo by AP
People gather at a site targeted by a suicide bomber in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, June 21, 2013. — Photo by AP

PESHAWAR: At least 15 people were killed and several injured Friday in a suicide attack on a seminary and mosque in Peshawar, officials said.

Superintendent of Police Rural Shafiullah Khan said the suicide bomber detonated his explosives in the mosque when worshipers were offering Friday prayers.

"One of the attackers wearing a suicide vest entered the mosque and blew himself up in front of the worshipers,” said Khan.

He said three attackers tried to enter the Hussaini madressa in Chamkini area but faced resistance by the security personnel posted at the entrance. He said two attackers were prevented from entering the complex while one managed to enter the Imambargah after the guards were gunned down.

Bomb Disposal Squad official Abdul Haq told that six to seven kilograms of high intensity explosives and four kilograms of pellets were used in the blast.

A loud blast was heard while the Friday sermon was underway at the Imambargah, which was preceded by gun firing, according to eyewitness accounts.

Eye witness Khadim Hussain told that he was inside the mosque when he heard gunfire followed by a huge explosion shattering the windows and the front canopy of the mosque.

Other eyewitnesses said that the attacker shot at the guards posted at the entrance of the complex before entering the premises where the explosives were detonated.

The complex comprises of a madressa and an Imambargah belonging to the Shia sect.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shauakat Yousafzai told reporters at the hospital that 14 people were killed while at least 30 were wounded from the deadly blast.

Officials at the Lady Reading Hospital said four bodies and at least 30 wounded had been taken to the hospital. Several of the wounded were reported to be in critical condition.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the incident and the loss of innocent lives while ordering immediate treatment of the victims.

Comments (66) Closed

fatim Jun 21, 2013 02:16pm

Can we think to negotiate with these killers who ruthlessly kill our innocent people.. Who have blood stained hands... Who are blinded with lust for money and power The Hell with them

Rajab Ali Jun 21, 2013 03:00pm

It is now almost a schedule of explosion after every Friday prayers and the administration doesn't look interested in providing even a couple of hours security to the mosques. It is shame.

S. A. M. Jun 21, 2013 03:17pm

and the govt wants to talk with these rascals. if the pm had lost one of his own familiy member would he still be thinking of engaging taliban in a dialogue. if the PM thinks that taleban will ever honour thier committments then his simplicity is beyond belief. just give security NOTHING ELSE!

haya Jun 21, 2013 04:03pm

OH Allah Please save our country amen

Youth Jun 21, 2013 04:34pm

200% the attackers must be foreign non Muslim persons. A Muslim be it Taliban cannot attack inside Masjid knowing fully well that Qur'an Shareef is kept there. No Muslim how so ever bad he may be can do such thing as attacking Masjid resulting in destruction of the Holy Book. Non Muslim foreign agents are present all over Pakistan, unless the Military takes joint action these menace cannot be control.

Saeed Jun 21, 2013 05:17pm

And you want to talk and negotiate with these criminals? Terrorists need to be dealt with "shoot on site" orders. These people have no respect for sanctity of innocent life. They take pride in killing unarmed, men, women and children and are cowards of the ultimate kind.

JAVED RAHMAN Jun 21, 2013 05:36pm

Are these people who bombs mosque and kill innocent people are Muslims? No they cannot be , and they will enter into Hell. Govt should take action against these terrorists, and completely flush them out from our society.Time is running out , please take drastic action for the sake of State.

Ajaya K Dutt Jun 21, 2013 05:40pm

PM Nawaz ordered immediate treatement of the victims. Was the treatment denied or delayed?

hanufr rahman Jun 21, 2013 05:58pm

How can we believe that Masjid will be the target of Attackers . we hate this violence.

malick Jun 21, 2013 06:22pm

Simple condemning is just a reet of rulers, please at least stop these ground drones if you can not stop the air drones.

Masood Hussain Jun 21, 2013 06:31pm

Almost one deadly blast every day with Five dead and over twenty injured on the average in every corner of Pakistan except Punjab.Is it just a chance or the Punjab Police is more competent. I don't believe in the later part of my own statement. I think it is by design In pre and post election period Punjab has stayed free of any blast.I believe it calls for an enquiry.

a Jun 21, 2013 07:18pm

I'm begining to believe that foreign hands are involved in such terrorist attacks. I mean, no matter how much your brains have been washed, you can't blow a mosque up. Something terribly wrong and fishy here.

Satyameva Jayate Jun 21, 2013 07:20pm

Muslims don't kill Muslims, that too in the mosques !?!

Aysha Jun 21, 2013 07:25pm

no comments

Ashfaq Ali Jun 21, 2013 07:29pm

Where are you Imran Khan? Do you still want to talk with these criminals or want to protect them through talk, when we learn from our past experiences?

Ali Jun 21, 2013 07:38pm

And how do anyone justify this? Are these people out of their mind?

Abbasi Jun 21, 2013 07:40pm

Sectarianism is a dent at ideology of Pakistan. A mindset is trying to impose its outdated agenda by force. Heartfelt sympathies with victims

gangadin Jun 21, 2013 07:39pm

Pray at home. God/Allah is every where.

pathanoo Jun 21, 2013 07:52pm

Oh!! These sick beasts. How can any one kill some one just because they pray differently or call God by a different name. These killers are the most malignant part of humanity.

Farooq Jun 21, 2013 08:44pm

These cowards and scum-bags are not to be negotiated with but rather exterminated.

AHA Jun 21, 2013 08:51pm

The bitter truth is that most of the 'majority' of the Pakistanis sympathize with the murderers and not with the victims.

Ali Jun 21, 2013 09:12pm

Go on PTI and PML-N...negotiate with these terrorists. It's high time that we take action against TTP and SSP/LEJ/ASWJ terrorists! Remove them before they remove us!

Ayaz Jun 21, 2013 09:20pm

@S. A. M. : If Punjab had lost any individual, then we would see a dialogue. As long as Punjab is safe, violence will continue. To stop terrorism, shift the war to Punjab.

Ram Jun 21, 2013 09:38pm

Pakistan is burning in the fire that it created. That is a fact. The sooner Pakistan realizes that the better for Pakistan, the region and the whole world. High time for introspection. There are no good terrorists (Lashkar) and bad terrorists (Pakistan Taliban). They are just terrorists. They don't like something they will unleash terror. It came in the news the other day that Punjab govt. gave 60 crores to Jamat ud dawah (mother of Lashkar). It is appalling. How can Pakistan explain that? As long as the Pak Army thinks that it can outsource it's dirty deeds to these groups there will be this problem. Pakistan is burning and it will continue burning. Let there be some common sense.

Rasool Sk Jun 21, 2013 09:48pm

The continuous and routine blasts even in mosques prove that our intelligence and security agencies are either inefficient or colluding with the criminals.

Muhammad Mushtaq Jun 21, 2013 10:13pm

They are not Muslims but enemy of Muslims.

aj Jun 21, 2013 10:22pm

@Youth: Such acts have always happened before. The logic behind this is - you declare people you oppose as non-muslims or even muslims siding with enemies of muslims. This then gives you the right to kill them. As these were Shia, Sunnis consider them as heretics, so the justification to kill them has a historical precedent. Try reading Quran (9:29) or any other 100 other verses to use as a reference in this regard.

Peacemaker Jun 21, 2013 10:38pm

@Youth: When will you learn that Talibans have no religion - they are TERRORISTS! Stop making excuses for them - they will blow you up while making prayers!

Suraj Jun 22, 2013 12:09am

@JAVED RAHMAN: Be real, they are Muslims ( Sunnis ) , so stop believing that Muslims can't attack mosques.

independentthinker Jun 22, 2013 12:33am

Where are they recruiting all these "suicide bombers" from? Don't these young (I am assuming they are young) individuals have families, who love and care for them? And what are they so passionate about, that they are willing to give up their lives? I can understand people what are living a humiliating life on a daily basis and their freedom is restricted - their family members have been killed and they have been pulled out of their own houses. But in Pakistan - I can't see that being an issue. And to top it all - they are killing fellow muslims - maybe from a different sect - but muslims nevertheless. I wish someone could reach out to them and ask them to just STOP! Their lives are too precious - and united, they can face outside challenges - instead of fighting amongst themselves - for unknown or useless reasons.

kulukkubaba Jun 22, 2013 01:07am

@Youth: Oh you mean Indian Hindus? If yes, what a genius you are in finding this out man!!!. We pakistanis never fight with each other and love each other, right? Ahemdis, shias, Sufis are all our brothers, right?

ssf Jun 22, 2013 01:39am

@Youth: Keep dreaming, look at the past history. Now wake up.

humayon Jun 22, 2013 01:47am

Its not new event and most frequent occurring even in pakistan. too late but still have time for pakistan to rebuild the civilization.needs proper leadership, management ,social awareness and proof security otherwise I don't see any standpoints.

humayon Jun 22, 2013 01:52am

@fatim: Funny

humayon Jun 22, 2013 01:57am

@Youth: non sense

Erum Qayyum Jun 22, 2013 02:57am

@Masood Hussain:

Punjab has always been more secure because the political situation there is more stable and the Punjab government under Shahbaz Sharif does a fine job in controlling lawlessness. Remember the '90s when Karachi was in turmoil and how the Sharif government was able to diffuse the situation and brought order to the city. If we had the same form of government in the remaining provinces, we all would be safe elsewhere too. Don't let the insurgents get to you and they will not harm you, They are merely cowards who hide behind the so called protection of "islam!" The taleban call themselves muslims and yet they attach the very people of the faith. It is better to save a life than to take one. In my opinion, most taleban members are illiterate and cannot think straight!

saeed Sid Jun 22, 2013 02:54am

@haya: Everything happening in the name of Allah .

Arshad Khan Jun 22, 2013 04:20am

@fatim: Chief of Pakistan Talibani Inqilab, stunt man Khan wants to talk to his supporters, I mean the bombers.

Arshad Khan Jun 22, 2013 04:22am

@Youth: Go read the history of the Muslims.

Ragu Jun 22, 2013 04:51am

Are fatwas only reserved for certain types of offences? When will we see fatwas against those who kill innocents like this, and those who kill in the name of Islam and insult a great religion of peace and tolerance? Also when will Pakistani establishments stop treating some of the militant groups as strategic assets to be used in informal war against its enemies. We see killings in Masjids, in Women's colleges- is there no lines that a fanatic will not cross?

abid Jun 22, 2013 05:01am

@Youth: stop kidding yourself

Jaseem Jun 22, 2013 06:02am

@Youth: And no true Muslims in the Government and religious parties will remain passively silent and still tolerate these degenerates of society and want to keep negotiating with them, unless they are silent partners to these terrorists. And indeed, they are.

Rafiq Khan Jun 22, 2013 06:14am

Where is PTI because TTP is still active in KKP

Iqbal khan Jun 22, 2013 06:38am

@Youth: Bravo I guess you figured out everything in no time including how dedicated these attackers are that they don't mind killing themselves in the persuitof their goals?

Addy Jun 22, 2013 06:51am

Shame on the army chief and the chiefs of intelligence agencies They talk crap about resisting aggression but when it comes to these inhumane acts they are powerless Maybe the Army which is responsible for the mess that we find ourselves in needs outside help-please consult a professional organization such as the Israelis or resign and let some one else do their job

Tahir Jun 22, 2013 07:34am

John Lennon said it best.. Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace

havi Jun 22, 2013 08:31am

In the event of PPP govt., SC made a statement in context to terrorism in Karachi to its citizen to take safety and security in their hands. That means to pick up guns and fight against terrorist. Have govt failed to control drone attack ( terrorism ) then it's right of citizen to respond to all sort of terrorism. There's no option left. In 1979 Iran revolution, nation was raised to protect its borders against US sponsored Iraq war. Nation of Iran would never forget its sacrifices

desi Jun 22, 2013 09:11am

@JAVED RAHMAN: People who voted down your comment are the reason this country is in this mess. Go guys talk with taliban over cup of tea and pastries

Khurram Jun 22, 2013 09:15am

@Youth: Non-muslims are in much larger number in other countries. Mosques are not bombed anywhere else. It's time to stop denying and start introspecting.

Mike Jun 22, 2013 09:48am

The most Dangerous place to be in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a MOSQUE or Islamic Religious Places.I live in a Christian Country,but I feel free and SAFE to go to Mosques. What a shame?

Ravi Ingale from University of Pune Jun 22, 2013 10:04am

If Pakistan negotiate with TTP then their demand will be Rulling over whole Pakistan.

fadoo Jun 22, 2013 10:25am

For God's sake, please kill these animals without impunity, NO TALKING just execute them, eventually they will be wiped out... we messed up big time, we should have put the big squeeze with the help of much for hope and naya Pakistan...may be it meant Pakistan will be Naya, after all everything will have to be rebuilt after being blown up.... do you guys miss Musharaf yet?

Vaid SCK Jun 22, 2013 12:31pm

Will Nawaz Sharif government look into root causes of this tragedy and take remedial bold measures? Allah shall not be happy to see killings in the name of shia and sunny.

mike ghaous Jun 22, 2013 01:20pm

Back in business after a lull........ favorite target, friday prayer congregation

Indian Jun 22, 2013 02:21pm

@Youth: Holiest place of Muslims-The Grand Mosque was seized on 20/11/1979 by Muslims and not by foreigners.Blaming foreigners for every such deeds will not solve the problem.

Hussain Naqvi Jun 22, 2013 03:39pm

The drastic incident has caused 15 deaths and huge no of wounded many of them in critical condition. This is the state of security provided by the Provential Government to the people. Moreover a question mark for theTareek e Nainsf that none of Provential ministers or any of their Adviser had a moral courage to visit the Mosque to extend at least humanitarian sympathies till late last night, Salute to their predessors who were always their within reasonable time after any incident in Peshawer and it's soundings. How chief Minister will have courage to face the effecttees.

Ashraf Jun 22, 2013 03:55pm

@Muhammad Mushtaq: This kind of knee-jerk statement that the attackers are not Muslims often keeps coming from supporters and sympathizers of Taliban. This is an indication that the Taliban are your brother in faith. Ashraf

Ashraf Jun 22, 2013 04:01pm

@Youth: This kind of knee-jerk statement that the attackers are not Muslims keeps coming from those who consider the Taliban as their brothers in faith, and support and sympathize with them.


Tahira Jun 22, 2013 06:56pm

Please arrest ALL madrassa owners all over Pakistan, punish them severely and ask them to disclose the names and addresses of their brain-washed students trained to be "khood- kush Bombars" with promises of Hoors in Jannat. Then go after those very poor students of these madrassas who may be pakhtoon, punjabi, sindhi or balochi and arrange for their "detoxification" to clean their minds. They should then be assimilated in to regular education courses. All teachers/professors of religion should be strictly observed on what they are teaching and if they are spreading hatred and fatwas against any sect or religion, they should be jailed for 3 years. Unless such drastic measures are imposed, we will continue to loose our countrymen and women to such brutal attacks from these trainees. I hope that the new government will show some backbone and enforce strict measures for ALL of Pakistan and not make secret deals with Jhangvis, Sipah Sahaba and Talibans to spare Punjab but go after others. Such behavior is shameful. Making condemning statement is not enough and is a ploy to just stay in the news. People should demand immediate ACTIION or new elections. And yes, where is Imran Khan, the champion of talks with Taliban and what does he think of these other groups? Is he going to invite them also to his talks? And will he agree with them on destroying women's education? Why has he not spoken up against all the murders that have taken place since elections? I am so disappointed in his performance so far though I wish him complete recovery from his injuries so he can show us what he can do.

Tahira Jun 22, 2013 06:55pm

@Ajaya K Dutt: Nawaz Sharif should stop being jelly fish and just make some statement, then forget about the situation. Take action or hand over the governing business to some one else, that is if there is some one who puts more into action than words.

khuram Jun 22, 2013 07:10pm

@Ashfaq Ali:

Dear Ashfaq, It is not Imran to be addressed. It is Mawlana Fazl u Rehman who should be questioned by the public and should be accountable before God Almighty for creating the Taliban, the Alqaeda, and establishing of the thousands of Madarsa in Pakistan where evil minded youngsters and teen-agers are trained and sent to the society to do evil things in the name religion.

zahid Jun 22, 2013 07:16pm

its a inside job. why chose shia madderssa? people who attacked knew shia maderssa.

Nick Jun 23, 2013 11:23am

@JAVED RAHMAN: Sorry buddy only Muslims are dumb enough to blow themselves up. The rest of the world sees you and judges you by your actions as stone-age savages.

Hindu Jun 23, 2013 07:26pm

I urge Punjabi,Snidhi,Kashmiri,baluchi,paktoon brothers to return to dharmic religions. You have no other way. Jun 24, 2013 07:25am

@Nick: Not really fair to judge millions of people based on news headlines.

Uzi Jun 24, 2013 12:19pm

@Suraj: He is calling them pseudo-Muslims. I agree.