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Peshawar mosque attack: FIR registered against TTP leader

An FIR was registered on Saturday against the head of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Dara Adam Khel head Umar alias Orangzeb alias Nary for Friday’s attack on a Shia mosque in Peshawar, which killed at least 22 people after another injured person died of his wounds.

“Another injured person, Ali Hassan has succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, raising the death toll to 22,” Hayatabad Medical Complex official Tauheed Zulfiqar told AFP.

Hassan’s father, Kalb-e-Hassan was also killed in Friday’s attack.

“Around 41 injured people are still under treatment in different hospitals,” Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital said in a statement.

Police said the group claimed responsibility for the attack, and even released a video of the three suicide bombers who entered the Hayatabad mosque, in which Umar was shown as the mastermind of the attack.

Three terrorists, fitted with suicide vests and armed with hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, entered the mosque and started shooting indiscriminately at the worshippers, a senior police official said. They also lobbed hand grenades before triggering the explosives strapped to their bodies.

“We have registered an FIR against Umar Mansoor,” said an official of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) while talking to The Express Tribune.

He said the investigation into the case had been initiated, and they have collected evidence.

“The bombers entered the mosque from an adjacent under-construction building,” SSP Operations Mian Saeed told The Express Tribune. “One of them was shot and fatally wounded before he could blow himself up.”

The death toll reached 21 on Saturday. At the end of the day yesterday, the toll stood at 20.

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