Terrorists have claimed responsibility for the bomb that ripped through a mosque in Pakistan over the week-end. Casualty estimates include upwards of 30 dead and some 150 wounded.
The mosque was within a police compound in Peshawar, Pakistan. Up to as many as 300 people were praying together when an explosion blew out a wall and brought down the roof.
Here’s how the attack was reported by CBS:
A suicide bomber struck Monday inside a mosque packed with Pakistani police in the northwest city of Peshawar, killing more than 30 people and wounding scores more, officials said. The bomber detonated a suicide vest as worshipers — including many police and other security forces — were praying inside.
CBS News’ Maria Usman said at least 32 people were killed and 147 injured, according to a spokesman at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. There was fear the death toll could still rise, as many of those hospitalized were brought in with critical injuries. — CBS
This is not the first time even this year that police have been the target of terrorist actions. Three police were killed by heavily-armed militants in the ceasefire between the government and this militant group last November.
You may recognize the name of the terrorists behind the attacks: the Taliban.
For anyone with an allergy to the phrase ‘Islamic Terror’, this may be a good time to remind our readers of an important fact: Although the West is sometimes targeted by Islamist Terror, ordinary, law-abiding, non-combatant Muslims carry the heaviest burden of suffering from the suicidal religious zealots.
Canada’s spy agency threaded the needle between two extreme positions in a 2017 report:
It is far too easy for analysts who are not Muslim to focus on the small part of the extremist threat that Muslim extremists pose to non-Muslims in the West and/or demonize one of the world’s great religions, and to drift into some form of Islamophobia—blaming a faith for patterns of violence that are driven by a tiny fraction of the world’s Muslims and by many other factors like population, failed governance, and weak economic development.
It is equally easy to avoid analyzing the links between extremist violence and Islam in order to be politically correct or to avoid provoking Muslims and the governments of largely Muslim states. The end result is to ignore the reality that most extremist and terrorist violence does occur in largely Muslim states, although it overwhelmingly consists of attacks by Muslim extremists on fellow Muslims, and not some clash between civilizations.— CSIS
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