Pakistan: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants storm Shiite mosque in Peshawar, kill 18 and injure 60
Grenade-toting Taliban militants stormed a Shiite mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, police said, in an attack that left at least 18 people dead.
The incident comes two weeks after a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan killed 61 people, the deadliest sectarian incident to hit the country in nearly two years.
Police said several gunmen threw grenades before storming the Imamia mosque in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan’s restive northwest, around the time of the main Friday prayers.
An AFP reporter saw 18 dead bodies in the Hayatabad Medical Complex, while the hospital’s public relations officer Toheed Zulfiqar put the toll at 19, saying one of the dead may have been an attacker.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack in an email statement.