Pakistani police are investigating how a suicide bomber was able to reach a mosque in a high-security compound, while officials acknowledge a “security lapse”.
Pakistan blames ‘security lapse’ for mosque blast
A suicide bombing that killed dozens of policemen at a mosque in a government compound in northwest Pakistan reflects a “security lapse”, current and former officials say.
The blast, which ripped through a Sunni mosque inside a major police facility the mosque, was one of the deadliest attacks on Pakistani security forces in recent years, with a death toll that rose to 95 on Tuesday.
More than 300 worshippers were praying in the mosque in the city of Peshawar, with more approaching, when the bomber set off his explosives vest on Monday morning, officials said.
The explosion blew off part of the roof, and what was left soon caved in, injuring many more, according to Zafar Khan, a police officer.