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Govt confirms no Indonesian among victims of Pakistan suicide attack

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Jakarta, IO – Foreign Ministry (Kemlu) confirmed that there was no Indonesian citizen (WNI) among the victims of a suicide bombing at a mosque in a police compound in Peshawar, Pakistan, reported Republika, Wednesday (1/2).

The powerful blast was set off when the mosque was packed with worshippers during afternoon prayers on Monday (30/1), most of them police officers.

Police said there were between 300-400 worshipers inside the mosque at the time. It is not yet known how the bombed managed to slip inside the mosque as the government compound is heavily guarded.

Pakistani Taliban, formally called the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP), has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group has waged an insurgency in Pakistan for the past 15 years.

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They seek to apply a stricter interpretation of Islamic law in the country. It also demanded Pakistani government to reduce its military presence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, a restive area bordering Afghanistan where the TTP established its stronghold. (un)

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