Contradicting Reports Emerge on Death Toll in Peshawar Police Line Suicide Attack - Capital TV

June 4, 2023


Contradicting Reports Emerge on Death Toll in Peshawar Police Line Suicide Attack

Anum Razzaque

PESHAWAR: The police and provincial health department have conflicting reports regarding the death toll in the suicide attack at the Peshawar police line.

The situation is ambiguous, as the police report states that 84 people died in the attack, while the health department’s list shows a death toll of 102. Please confirm the accurate figures.

However, the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) confirmed 102 deaths yet, which is same as health department.

The spokesperson of LRH, Muhammad Asim, has stated that the hospital management and police should collaborate to create a final list to eliminate any ambiguities.

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Meanwhile, the police have defended their reported number of 84 deaths, stating that including women, this number has been verified as the accurate death toll from the police lines suicide attack.

The police spokesperson acknowledged the errors in the list, explaining that some names were repeated during the listing process.

The incident occurred on 20th January during Namaz-e-Zuhar, when an estimated 300 to 400 people were gathered for prayers at the mosque in the police line in Peshawar.

Initially, the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, but later distanced themselves from the incident.

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Meanwhile, Inspector General (IG) Muazzam Jah Ansari of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police claimed that they have identified the suicide attacker responsible for the Peshawar explosion, who was wearing a police uniform.

The police are investigating a suicide attack in Peshawar and have shared the CCTV footage of the incident for analysis.

In the CCTV footage, the suicide bomber is seen entering the police lines.

According to the footage, the attacker parked their bike in the parking area and walked toward the mosque on foot.

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