Tag: Mosque

Suspected suicide attack at Indonesian mosque

JAKARTA - At least 17 people were wounded in a suspected suicide bomb attack during Friday prayers at an mosque in a police compound in Indonesia's West Java province, police said.
"We suspect it was a suicide bombing," Indonesian police spokesman Anton Bachrul Alam said.
"The blast occurred in Cirebon police headquarters compound during the beginning of Friday prayer," he told reporters.
Police said one man, the suspected bomber, was killed in the explosion which

Bomb goes off early in Peshawar mosque, no casualties

PESHAWAR - A bomb exploded prematurely inside a mosque in Peshawar shortly before prayers on Friday but caused no loss of life, the police said. The bomb detonated 90 minutes before the usual 150, by when a strong congregation was supposed to gather at the mosque in Bhadha Bher village in the suburbs of Peshawar.
"It was a timed device and the target was the Friday gathering but it exploded prematurely," Kalam Khan, a senior police officer, told AFP, adding that the bomb caused

10 killed and 38 hurt in Nowshera mosque blast

PESHAWAR - A bomb attack on a packed mosque adjoining Akhun Panjoo Baba's shrine in Nowshera district's Akbarpura town, killed 10 people and injured 38 as it ripped through Friday prayers. Hundreds of people were coming out of the mosque or waiting for a charity meal (langar) when the bomb, planted inside the building, went off.
Witnesses described scenes of panic, the mosque's windows and doors blown out by the strength of the explosion and blood sprayed on the building walls.

Altaf condemns Nowshera mosque attack

KARACHI - MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday strongly condemned the bomb blast in a mosque near the shrine of Akhund Baba in Nowshera and termed the attack as outrageous.
"Islam is a religion of peace and such a brutal attack in a mosque can only be carried out by diabolical minds that have nothing to do with Islam," said Altaf. Expressing profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the attack, he prayed for the early recovery of the injured and stressed upon the

First mosque in South Asia lies in ‘ruins’

THATTA - The Jamia Masjid of Banbhor, which is said to be the first mosque of South Asia was built in 8th century AD after the conquest of Sindh by Arab warrior Muhammad Bin Qasim.
It is located among the ruins of centuries-old city of Bhanbhor, in Thatta district. The ancient city is associated with Muhammad Bin Qasim and the legendary love-story of Sassui-Punhoon, which great poet Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai sung in his poetry.
The historical ruins are gradually being worn

Culture Dept acts against illegal construction of mosque

KARACHI: Following a protest campaign by the heritage enthusiasts, the Sindh government has taken notice of the illegal construction at the centuries-old historical mosque built in the times of Arab warrior Mohammad Bin Qasim in Aror Sharif near Rohri in Sukkur district.
Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo announced that she would visit the site on Tuesday and personally observe the construction work with her department officials.
Palijo had ordered to stop the construction

Four killed in mosque bombing

At least four people were killed and another 22 injured in a bomb explosion in a mosque in Pishtakhara village in the outskirts of Peshawar on Friday. The explosion occurred soon after the Friday prayers at the mosque, Capital City Police Officer Liaqat Ali Khan told reporters.
Police officials said unidentified terrorists placed an explosives-packed piece of cloth near the shoe rack along the mosque's boundary wall. Soon after the explosion, senior police officials

CJ takes notice of dilapidating Badshahi Mosque

During his visit at the Badshahi Mosque and the Allama Iqbal's mausoleum on Saturday, the chief justice Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of the poor maintenance at the mosque and directed the secretary Auqaf government of Punjab to ensure proper cleanliness and initiate repair works.
The chief justice expressed his discontent on the poor cleanliness conditions prevailing in the mosque. Irshad Ullah Rana, Secretary to LHC chief justice, wrote in a letter to the secretary Aukaf,