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World unites to condemn terror attack at Peshawar mosque

The Peshawar mosque attack has also made headlines abroad with the international community coming together to denounce the heinous attack. 

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the mosque — which is in a tightly guarded police compound — on Monday at around 1 pm during the Zuhr prayers, causing the roof to come crashing down upon those who were offering the prayers at that time. The death toll from the suicide bombing rose to 90, with over 100 people wounded.

The horrific suicide attack at a mosque in Peshawar has caused an uproar in the Pakistani nation. The Peshawar mosque attack has also made international headlines with the world community denouncing the attack.

Governments of several countries have also released statements, condemning the Peshawar mosque suicide attack, while expressing solidarity with Pakistan and expressing condolences to the victims.

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Reacting to the Peshawar bombing, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that terrorism, for any reason, was indefensible. In a separate statement, the US Embassy in Islamabad assured that “the United States stands with Pakistan in condemning all forms of terrorism.”

“I condemn the attack on a mosque in Peshawar which resulted in so many casualties and injuries. My deep condolences to the families of the victims. Places of worship have their sanctity in our religion and none has the right to violate it,” the Afghan Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said on Twitter.

The Russian foreign minister also condemned the terrorist attack and called for global cooperation to eliminate terrorism.

The Embassy of China, on behalf of the Chinese government, strongly condemned the terror attack at the Peshawar mosque and offered deep condolences to the victims injured and the tragedy and their families.

“We condemn this heinous terrorist attack in the strongest possible terms. We wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives; extend our condolences to the friendly and brotherly people and the Government of Pakistan, and wish speedy recovery to the injured,” Turkey said.

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“The news of the deadly attack at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan is deeply troubling. There is no place for violence like this, especially at a place of worship. My heart is with the victims, their families, and Pakistani communities around the world,” Melanie Joly, Canada’s Foreign Minister said.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also released a detailed statement, condemning the terror attack at the Peshawar mosque in the strongest words.

“The Ministry stresses the Kingdom’s firm position that rejects targeting places of worship and terrorizing and shedding the blood of innocent people. The Ministry also affirms that the Kingdom stands by the brotherly Islamic Republic of Pakistan against all forms of violence, extremism, and terrorism regardless of its motives or justifications,” the Saudi Foreign Ministry said.

In a similar fashion, the UN Security Council also condemned ” in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly suicide terrorist attack at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan”. Members of the UN Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims and the Pakistani government. UN Secretary-General Anto­nio Guterres also denounced the blast.