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UN chief condemns Peshawar suicide blast

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemns the suicide bombing at a mosque in Peshawar, which killed over 80 people and injured many more, calling the incident “especially heinous” because it occurred in a house of worship.

The death toll from the suicide explosion at Peshawar’s Police Lines mosque has risen to 83 after 13 additional remains were recovered from the wreckage by rescue workers.

“Freedom of religion or belief, including the freedom to worship in peace and security, is a universal human right,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement given out at UN Headquarters in New York’s usual lunchtime briefing.

“The Secretary-General expresses his profound condolences to the relatives of the victims and wishes those injured a speedy recovery,” the statement stated.

“The Secretary-General reiterates the United Nations’ solidarity with the Government and people of Pakistan in their efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism,” it said.

In response to a question about the increasing number of attacks across Pakistan for which the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility using Afghan soil, the spokesman stated that “every government or authority that has control over (its) territory has a responsibility towards the international community to ensure that their territory is not being used for terrorist activities.”

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