Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief Moazzam Jah Ansari confirmed that the police were “closing in” on the terror network behind the suicide bombing on a mosque in Peshawar Police Lines.
Police Chief also confirmed that the “bomber was clad in a police uniform.”
A massive explosion destroyed a mosque in Peshawar’s Red Zone where 300 to 400 police personnel prayed on Jan. 30.
In today’s presser, KP’s Police Chief said that police had uncovered ball bearings at the bomb site. “We bound suicide jacket ball bearings from the mosque rubble yesterday.
“This was a suicide bomber, and we have traced the man; we have obtained the CCTV footage of his journey from Khyber Road to the Police Lines, how he parked his motorcycle on a side, and he got into the police line in a police uniform and was wearing a mask and helmet,” the officer said.
He also identified the attacker’s severed head lying at the bomb scene.
Ansari stated cops at the Police Lines gate did not “examine the attacker because they felt he was their own.”
“At 12:37 pm, the attacker entered the main gate on a motorcycle, got inside, chatted to a constable and asked him where the mosque was, which implies that the attacker was not acquainted with the location. he was assigned a target, and there is an extensive network behind him… “He wasn’t a loner,” Ansari said.
During the press briefing, Ansari said the detonation used 10-12kg of Trinitrotoluene high explosives.
“Trinitrotoluene bombs have little margin for shockwaves,” he stated, explaining the high deaths.
The Peshawar Police Lines mosque lacks pillars. The blast collapsed the walls and ceiling. My youngsters in the mosque were buried for hours.