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Pakistan blast: Police arrests 17 suspects, death toll increase to 101

We have found some excellent clues: Peshawar Police Chief Ijaz Khan

Pakistan blast (File) People and rescue workers gather to look for survivors under a collapsed roof, after a suicide blast in a mosque in Peshawar | Reuters

Pakistan police arrested 17 suspects in relation to the Pakistan bomb blast in the mosque in Peshawar. The police have been investigating the deadly blast that has killed 101. According to the police, it is possible the suicide bomber had internal assistance evading security checks, Reuters reported.

Peshawar is a northwestern city near the Afghan border. The blast took place when worshippers were offering Zuhur or afternoon prayers. The mosque was built for the police and their families living in a highly fortified area. 

Pakistan's security agencies arrested 17 suspects in connection with the suicide blast in a high-security zone mosque in Peshawar, PTI reported. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah told parliament on Tuesday that 97 policemen were among the dead. 

"We have found some excellent clues, and based on these clues we have made some major arrests," Peshawar Police Chief Ijaz Khan told Reuters.

"We can't rule out internal assistance but since the investigation is still in progress, I will not be able to share more details," he added.

The bomber has used at least 12 kilos of explosives, the police suspect. The bomb caused a part of the mosque to collapse. 

Initially, TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban) officials Sarbakaf Mohmand and Omar Mukaram Khurasani claimed the attack saying, it was “revenge” for the death of TTP militant Khalid Khorasani last year. But the TTP’s main spokesperson, Muhammad Khorasani, later denied the group was involved in the attack, CNN reported.

(With PTI inputs.)

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