At least 47 people have been killed by a bomb blast that apparently targeted policeman praying in a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said “terrorists want to create fear by targeting those who perform the duty of defending Pakistan”.
Early unconfirmed reports said a bomber had blown himself up in the mosque on Monday, which is within the tightly-guarded police headquarters area.
Peshawar police chief Muhammad Ijaz Khan told local media that between 300 and 400 police officials were in the area at the time.
The mosque is in one of the most tightly controlled areas of the city, which includes police headquarters and intelligence and counter-terrorism bureaus.
In a statement, PM Sharif said those behind the attack “have nothing to do with Islam”. He added: “The entire nation is standing united against the menace of terrorism.”