A blast inside a mosque shook Peshawar’s Police Lines area on Monday, with officials saying that at least 44 people were killed and 157 were injured Dawn.com reported.
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Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) spokesperson Mohammad Asim confirmed the number of casualties to Dawn.com.
Peshawar Commissioner Riaz Mehsood said a rescue operation was under way inside the mosque as a number of people were buried under the rubble.
“An emergency has been imposed at hospitals across the city and injured persons are being provided the best medical facilities,” the senior official said.
The outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the blast.
Speaking to the media, Peshawar Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Ijaz Khan said that the roof of the mosque collapsed after the blast. “A number of jawans are still stuck under the rubble and rescuers are trying to pull them out.”
He said the main hall of the mosque — which had a capacity of 250 to 300 people — had collapsed but the rest of the building was still intact.
In response to a question about the nature of the blast, the official said: “The smell of explosives has been detected but it is too early to say anything substantial.”
Khan said between 300 to 400 police personnel were present in the area at the time of the blast. “It is apparent that a security lapse occurred,” the CCPO told the media.
He added that the bodies and injured persons had been moved to the LRH.
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A solar storm is expected to hit Earth today, December 1, according to forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Space Weather Physicist Dr Tamitha Skov said on her X handle that “A Direct Hit! The impressive #solarstorm launched in the Earth-strike zone has been modeled by NASA. The storm is predicted to hit Earth by midday December 1. Along with two earlier storms already en route means we have a 1,2,3-punch. If the magnetic field is oriented correctly, expect #aurora to reach deep into mid-latitudes. Amateur #radio & #GPS reception issues are likely, especially on Earth’s nightside. G3+ conditions are possible with this storm series.”
Woman stabs boyfriend for ‘looking at other women’
According to FOX news, a Florida woman is in jail after she allegedly used rabies needles to stab her boyfriend because he was apparently looking at other women.
Sandra Jimenez, 44, was charged with aggravated battery in connection with a Saturday incident at a home shared with her boyfriend, according to a Miami-Dade Police Department arrest affidavit seen by FOX 35 Orlando.
Officers responded to a hospital following a report of a man who was stabbed in the eye with a needle. The victim told police that Jimenez used their dogs’ rabies needles to pierce his right eyelid during an argument about him “looking at other women,” the affidavit read.
Jimenez allegedly jumped on her boyfriend of eight years while he was lying on the couch and stabbed him with the needles before leaving their home when she “realized what she had done.”
The victim called 911 and was rushed to a hospital, where he spoke with officers about the attack.
Police later found Jimenez sleeping in her car outside the home and arrested her, the affidavit said. Jimenez claimed that her boyfriend’s injuries were “self-inflicted” when she was questioned by police about the alleged attack.
She is in custody at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on $7,500 bond, according to arrest records.
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