According to medical authorities, a suicide bomber attacked inside a Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar while Friday prayers were going on, resulting in the deaths of 56 attendees and wounded 194 others. The incident was not initially claimed by any extremist organization. Previously, both the Islamic State and the Pakistani Taliban — a terrorist organization distinct from the Taliban in Afghanistan – have conducted similar operations in the area, which lies close to the Afghan border.
The incident began when two armed assailants began firing on police near a mosque in Peshawar’s old city, according to Peshawar Police Chief Muhammed Ejaz Khan. During the firefight, one assailant and one police officer were shot, while another police officer was injured. The final assailant dashed into the mosque and exploded a bomb.