“Tragedy Strikes Pakistan: Twin Bomb Blasts Claim 56 Lives in Hangu and Balochistan Province

A bomb blast occurred at a mosque in Hangu city killing four people and injuring 12 others on Friday.

According to senior officer Fazal Akbar, the five terrorists tried to enter the Doaba police station which is near the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Hangu city mosque, but they were fired upon by the police, one terrorist was killed in the firing, the other blew himself near the mosque building causing its roof to collapse three others managed to escape.

“One of them blew himself up at the gate but the other managed to enter the mosque. Thankfully, most of the people inside the mosque managed to escape after the first blast, which is why the casualty count is low,” he said.

Mr. Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar, Pakistan’s caretaker Prime Minister expressed his condolences to the families of those who died in the blast in a statement from his office.

 “Prime Minister’s prayers for forgiveness for the deceased and patience for the families.”

On the same day, a bomb went off in Pakistan’s Balochistan region, killing 52 people and injuring 50 more, bringing the overall number of fatalities to 56.

The police reported that the crowd in the Balochistan province was getting ready to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

The event in the unrest-plagued Balochistan province’s Mastung area is thought to have been a suicide attack, according to Pakistani authorities.

More than 300 such cases of attacks have been reported throughout the decades-long insurrection by separatists in Pakistan’s Northwestern province.

Earlier this year, more than 100 people died in a bomb blast at a mosque situated inside police quarters in in Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The critically injured have been transferred to hospitals in Quetta, the Balochistan province’s capital, while others are being treated in a local hospital.

In a statement, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied any involvement in the explosion on Friday, claiming that such an attack went against their principles. Mosques, schools, and public gatherings were not among the targets of the group, which also denounced the attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In Pakistan, a number of lethal incidents have been attributed to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organization.

Inspector General Khadim Husain Rind has instructed officers to be “completely on high alert” and to increase security measures for Eid-i-Miladun Nabi processions and Friday prayers throughout the city, as well as to keep an eye out for any strange activity.

The Mastung witnessed one of the deadliest attacks in the district’s history on July 2018 during which at least 128 people were killed.

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