A devastating explosion occurred at a mosque in Hangu, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Local authorities have confirmed that this tragic incident has resulted in three fatalities, including a police officer, and left 12 people injured.
The explosion occurred during the Friday sermon at Hangu Mosuqe, a time when many worshippers gathered at the mosque for their weekly prayers.
Hangu District Police Officer Nisar Ahmed reported that approximately 30 to 40 people were trapped under the debris after the mosque’s roof collapsed. Rescue operations are currently underway to save them.
According to Ahmed, the attack involved two suicide bombers: one targeted the entrance of the police station, while the other detonated explosives inside the mosque. The 12 individuals rescued from the wreckage have been transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azam Khan, has taken immediate action, directing officials to declare an emergency in all city hospitals and requesting a detailed report on the blast from law enforcement agencies.
Sadly, this is the second terror attack in Pakistan on the same day. Earlier, in Mastung district, Balochistan, a suicide blast claimed the lives of at least 35 people, including a police officer, and leftover 45 individuals injured. This explosion occurred near a mosque where people had gathered to commemorate Eid Miladun Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Pakistan has been experiencing a surge in terrorist attacks over the past year, with Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa being particularly targeted by militants aiming to disrupt peace and security. Despite these challenges, security forces remain committed to conducting operations to eliminate terrorism and honor the sacrifices of their soldiers.
A recent report by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) highlighted a significant increase in militant attacks across the country in August, with 99 such incidents reported. This marked the highest number of attacks in a single month since November 2014, resulting in 112 deaths and 87 injuries, primarily affecting security forces and civilians.