KOHAT / PESHAWAR, Nov 5: Terrorist attacks on two mosques, one in Darra Adamkhel and the other near Peshawar, left at least 68 people dead on Friday.
At least 65 people, 18 children among them, were killed and 70 injured in a suicide attack on the Friday congregation in the mosque in Darra Adamkhel area of the Kohat Frontier Region.
The mosque is about 1km from the main camp of security forces set up in a degree college.
The banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan denied having any hand in the attack and, instead, blamed foreign agents fighting security forces in tribal areas. It warned journalists of stern action and said they had launched a smear campaign against the TTP.
Security officials in Peshawar said they suspected that a militant group led by Tariq Afridi carried out the attack.
Their target, the officials said, was the Momin group which had raised a lashkar and supported security forces’ action against militants loyal to Tariq Afridi.
Witnesses said people were offering Friday prayers when a blast rocked the mosque adjacent to the hujra of Haji Wali Mohammad.
“I was standing in the last row when the huge blast took place,” injured teenager Mehrabullah said in Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).
Security personnel cordoned off the village after the attack.
Political Agent Shahidullah Khan said the suicide bomber was a boy about 16 years old. Parts of his body had been taken to Kohat, along with another body.
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