Peshawar Bombing Update: At Least 100 Killed, Mixed Claims of Responsibility From TTP Leadership

Peshawar Bombing Update: At Least 100 Killed, Mixed Claims of Responsibility From TTP Leadership

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Pakistani offcials has reported that the death toll from the suicide bombing at a mosque inside a police compound in Peshawar has risen to at least 100, in which 97 were police officers. An additional 200 were said to have been wounded by the blast, which target afternoon prayers on Wednesday. The blast was so powerful that a portion of the mosque’s roof collapsed, burying victims and trapping survivors.

Since the attack, there have been conflicting claims of responsibility coming from leadership of the Tehreek-e-Taliban-e-Pakistan (TTP). Initially, TTP leaders Sarbakaf Mohmand and Omar Mukaram Khurasani claimed that the attack was carried out by the TTP in revenge for the death of key TTP commander and co-founder Omar Khalid Khorasani, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in August. While the origin of the blast was never determined, the TTP blamed Pakistan and vowed increased attacks in retaliation. This was later refuted by TTP spokesman Muhammad Khorasani, who claimed that the militant group was not involved in the attack.

There is speculation that the attack was independently carried out by the TTP-aligned Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which Omar Khalid Khorasani was an influential figure in.

It is also important to note that the Islamic State– Khorasan Province (ISKP) has not claimed responsibility, despite false claims circulating around Twitter.

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