Islamabad, 7 March 2022 (TDI): Nepal and Sri Lanka strongly condemned the terror attack on a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan. The attack happened on Friday during the prayers.

Condemnation by Sri Lanka

Vice Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama, a senior Sri Lankan naval officer and Sri Lanka’s High commissioner to Pakistan took to Twitter to condemn the attack on the mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The Vice-Admiral tweeted that he was extremely shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack which only targeted innocent civilians. He strongly condemned the incident.

This tweet was later on retweeted by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Pakistan which reaffirms the condemnation on behalf of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Condemnation by the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Following the attack on the Peshawar Mosque, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal via their official Twitter account also condemned the terror incident.

The tweet said that they (the government of Nepal) were deeply saddened by the news of the explosion that inflicted numerous casualties. They called it “a senseless act of terrorism”. Furthermore, Nepal extended its condolences to the families of the victims.

Peshawar Mosque Attack

On Friday, a suicide bomb blast was carried out inside a Shia mosque in Peshawar’s Kocha Risaldar area. According to the officials, 56 people were killed while 194 were injured.

CCTV footage revealed that a lone attacker dressed in black shalwar kameez reached the mosque in the city’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar. He opened fire on policemen deployed outside the main entrance for security before running inside the mosque.

The attacker also opened fire on a man who tried to stop him and managed to enter the mosque, where worshippers had gathered for Friday prayers, after which an explosion took place. Two policemen were martyred in the gunfight with the attacker outside the mosque that happened prior to the attack.

In a tweet on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that he was personally monitoring operations and also coordinating with the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and the law enforcement agencies as well.