Pakistan: Second suicide attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 55 killed, many injured

A second bomb blast took place in Pakistan on Friday amid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, Eid Miladun Nabi. Two big explosions occurred within a span of a few hours. The first, powerful suicide blast occurred at a mosque in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, while a second blast at a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu town killed at least three people.

Within hours of a suicide blast in the restive Balochistan province that killed at least 52 people and injured dozens, Pakistan was rocked by another blast at a mosque in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during Friday prayers.

The blast in Balochistan occurred near Madina Mosque on Al Falah Road in Mastung district. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The dead also included Mastung Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Nawaz Gashkori, who was on duty for the rally.

The bomb attack came a day after the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) killed a key Islamic State (ISIS) commander in Mastung district.

At least 52 people were killed and more than 50 injured in the blast in Mastung, with three more people joining the death toll in a second suicide bombing, taking the total to 55.

According to Geo News report, this is the second major explosion in the last 15 days that has rocked Mustang.

At least 11 people were injured in a blast in the same district earlier this month.

Mastung has been the target of terror attacks for several years, with a major attack in July 2018 being one of the deadliest in the history of the district, during which at least 128 people were killed.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, founded in 2007 as an umbrella group of several terrorist organizations, canceled the ceasefire with the federal government and ordered its militants to carry out terrorist attacks across the country.

The group, considered close to al-Qaeda, has been blamed for several deadly attacks across Pakistan, including an attack on an army headquarters in 2009, attacks on military bases and the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad.

In January, a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque packed with worshipers during afternoon prayers in Pakistan’s restive northwestern city of Peshawar, killing more than 100 people.

Last year, 63 people were killed in a similar attack inside a Shia mosque in the Kocha Risaldar area of the city.