South Asia

Security tightened around Peshawar as death toll from mosque attack rises to 87

Security measures were increased around Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Tuesday a day after a deadly attack on a mosque that killed at least 87 people.

The attack happened in one of the most fortified areas in Peshawar. The area houses offices of the police and counter-terrorism departments.

At least 260 people were inside the mosque when the bomber blew himself up during afternoon prayers.

Quoted by Reuters, a local resident at a newspaper kiosk, Shabbir Khan, said the circumstances of the bombing were of “great concern” to him.

“It is a matter of great condemnation that terrorists can enter a government department. If the government departments don’t have security, what safety can they provide us,” said Khan as quoted by Reuters.

Pakistan’s Geo News reported on Monday that the Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for the attack.