A bomb blast near a religious school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in Pakistan killed at least three people. According to Pakistan’s Dawn media, the explosion killed at least six people and injured more than a hundred. British news agency Reuters and Qatar-based Al-Jazeera said many of the injured were children.
The blast occurred at Spin Jamaat Mosque at 8:30 am local time on Tuesday. The mosque was used as a school for religious education of Muslim children. A local man, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera that it was not a suicide attack. There were explosives in the bag. Similarly, a police officer, who did not wish to be named, told Reuters that the explosion was caused by an explosive device buried by an unknown person. The intensity of the explosion blew the roof of the orbit. The madrasa is partially demolished.
No group claimed responsibility for the blast. Tension has increased in the area. Actually, there was such a huge explosion in Peshawar several days later.
Peshawar was once a Taliban stronghold. The Pakistani administration has long been concerned about the city being 160 kilometers from Islamabad. In December 2014, the Taliban blew up a school there. About 150 students were killed. After that the Pakistan Army launched a campaign across the country. Many terrorist camps on the Afghan border were destroyed. Since then, daily stress has decreased slightly. But Tuesday’s blasts again raised fears of new threats.
The mosque’s prayer site was damaged in the blast. A total of 72 people have been treated in the hospital. The condition of many of the injured is critical.