According to officials, at least 50 people were killed and more than 50 were injured in an explosion in Pakistan.
The explosion occurred near a mosque in the southwestern region of Balochistan on Friday, as people gathered to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad’s birth.
Balochistan’s government has proclaimed a state of emergency. There has been no claim of responsibility for the incident.
Meanwhile, a second incident occurred near Peshawar City in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The number of victims at the mosque in Hangu, near Peshawar, is unknown, but authorities said a number of people may have been trapped in rubble after the roof fell.
According to local authorities, the mosque in Hangu is part of a police compound with a capacity of 40 to 50 people.
Footage from the incident in Mastung, Balochistan, shows the injured being evacuated by emergency personnel and villagers.
Sarfraz Bugti, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, called the bombing a “heinous act.”
Balochistan, Pakistan’s biggest province, borders Afghanistan and Iran and has been regularly targeted by armed combatants such as the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, and the Islamic State organization.
The TTP, on the other hand, denied involvement in Friday’s bombing, stating in a statement that such an attack violated its standards.
Earlier last month, an explosion in the same region injured at least eleven people, including a prominent Muslim leader.
More than 40 people were killed in a suicide explosion at a religious political party rally in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in July.