The explosion occurred a few minutes before the beginning of the prayer… At least 30 people were killed in an attack in a Shiite mosque in Peshawar, in the north-west of Pakistan, during the Friday prayers.

"I can confirm that at least 30 people are dead and 56 others are injured," said Muhammad Asim Khan, spokesman for Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

The mosque, frequented by Shiites, is located on a narrow street in the Kocha Risaldar district, near the historic Qissa Khwani bazaar.

The explosion occurred a few minutes before the beginning of the prayer.

“I was just outside the mosque when I saw a man shoot two policemen before entering the mosque.

A few seconds later, I heard a big bang,” said a witness, Zahid Khan.

A comeback of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban

Peshawar, located about fifty kilometers from the border with Afghanistan, had been ravaged by almost daily attacks during the first half of the 2010s, but security had greatly improved there in recent years.

Pakistan has been confronted for several weeks with the return in force of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistani Taliban, galvanized by the coming to power of the Taliban in August in Afghanistan.

The TTP, a movement distinct from that of the new Afghan leaders but which shares common roots with it, has claimed responsibility for several attacks since the beginning of the year, including one against a police checkpoint in Islamabad, during which one policeman was killed and two injured.

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