Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): According to local sources, this person was in the second row of worshipers in a mosque where a large number of police officers and employees were praying.
The intensity of this explosion was so strong that a part of the roof and wall of the mosque collapsed and a number of worshipers were buried under the rubble. "Many policemen are buried under the rubble," said Mohammad Ijaz Khan, Peshawar police chief.
According to the AFP news agency, the place where the explosion took place is one of the security areas of Peshawar, located in the northwest of Pakistan, which houses the headquarters of the police and security and intelligence forces of this city. On the other hand, this area, where the Peshawar prison is located, is located about fifty kilometers from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
After this deadly explosion, the government of Pakistan has established a state of alert and alert throughout the country. Therefore, the capital and other cities of Pakistan, especially the areas near the border of Afghanistan, are under the most severe warnings and security measures.
But Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has announced that today's explosion in Peshawar will be the beginning of revenge attacks of this group.
One of the brothers of Umar Khalid Khorasani, the senior commander of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who was killed in Afghanistan in August last year, has announced that today's suicide attack in a mosque in Peshawar is part of a series of revenge attacks for his brother.
Makram Khorasani, Omar Khalid Khorasani's successor, and his close aide, Sarbekaf Mohmand, also claimed in separate tweets that today's suicide attack in Peshawar was "revenge" for killing Khorasani.
This is despite the fact that before this the ISIS group took responsibility for such attacks in Pakistan. The Khorasan branch of ISIS previously claimed responsibility for an explosion in March 2022 that left at least 64 dead.
In response to this terrorist attack, Shahbaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, while condemning this attack and emphasizing the restoration of order and security in Khyber Pashtun province, said: "Terrorists want to target people who are doing their duty to defend What Pakistan is doing is to create terror."
The Prime Minister of Pakistan further emphasized: "Those who fight with Pakistan will disappear from the face of the earth."
This incident happened on the day that Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the United Arab Emirates, was supposed to travel to Islamabad; the trip was officially canceled at the last minute due to weather conditions.