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At least 52 killed in ‘suicide attack’ on gathering to mark Prophet Mohammed’s birthday as separate blast leaves dozens trapped under rubble at second mosque in Pakistan

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At least 52 people have died and more than 80 have been injured. Pictured is a young boy receiving treatment after being injured in the attack

At least 52 people have died and more than 80 have been injured after a suspected suicide bomb exploded near a mosque at a gathering celebrating the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in south-west Pakistan.

The bombing occurred in Mastung, a district in Baluchistan province, according to government administrator Atta Ullah. 

Injured people were rushed to nearby hospitals and some are in a critical condition.

There are also local reports of a separate blast that ripped through a mosque located on the premises of a police station in Hangu, a district in the northwester Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, wounding seven people. Local reports said at least two have been killed.

The mud-brick mosque collapsed because of the impact of the blast and rescuers have desperately removed the debris to pull out trapped worshippers from the rubble, said Shah Raz Khan, a local police officer.

At least 52 people have died and more than 80 have been injured. Pictured is a young boy receiving treatment after being injured in the attack

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It is feared more than 80 are injured, with some people in critical condition. Pictured are victims being brought to hospital 

Security officials examine the site of a suicide bomb attack at a gathering in Mastung

Security officials examine the site of a suicide bomb attack at a gathering in Mastung

Volunteers are pictured helping a blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital in Quetta

Volunteers are pictured helping a blast victim on a stretcher at a hospital in Quetta

One bombing occurred in Mastung, killing at least 52 people. Another in Hangu reportedly has killed two

One bombing occurred in Mastung, killing at least 52 people. Another in Hangu reportedly has killed two

Police say it was not immediately clear what caused the blast. No one claimed responsibility, and it was unclear what caused the blast when around 40 people, the most part police officers, were praying at the mosque. 

A senior police officer, Mohammad Nawaz, was among the dead at the Mastung blast, Mr Ullah said.

Officers are investigating to determine whether the bombing was a suicide attack.

Muslims in Pakistan and around the world celebrate the birthday of Islam’s prophet by holding public gatherings. The birth anniversary, known as Mawlid an-Nabi, involves day-long celebrations and free meals are given out to people. 

Just a few days before the bombing authorities asked police to remain on maximum alert as militants could target rallies making the event.

In a statement, caretaker interior minister Sarfraz Bugti denounced the bombing and expressed sorrow and grief over the loss of lives. He said it was a ‘heinous act’ to target people at the Mawlid an-Nabi procession.

The government had declared a national holiday for the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, and President Arif Alvi and caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul-haq-Kakar had called for unity and for people to adhere to the teachings of the prophet.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, but the Pakistani Taliban quickly distanced themselves from it.

Previous deadly attacks in Baluchistan and elsewhere have been claimed by the so-called Islamic State group. 

The gas-rich south-western Baluchistan province at the border of Afghanistan and Iran has been the site of a low-level insurgency by Baluch nationalists for more than two decades.

Baluch nationalists initially wanted a share of provincial resources, but they later launched an insurgency calling for independence.

Paramedics and volunteers carry an injured man following the blast in Mastung

Paramedics and volunteers carry an injured man following the blast in Mastung

A man comforts to another mourning for his relative, who was killed in the bomb explosion in Mastung

A man comforts to another mourning for his relative, who was killed in the bomb explosion in Mastung

Injured victims are pictured receiving treatment after the blast at the celebration

Injured victims are pictured receiving treatment after the blast at the celebration

Relatives of the victims of a suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mastung, react after the victims were shifted to hospitals in Quetta

Relatives of the victims of a suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mastung, react after the victims were shifted to hospitals in Quetta

Injured victims receive treatment at a hospital in Quetta

Injured victims receive treatment at a hospital in Quetta

In July, at least 54 people were killed when a suicide bomb detonated at a rally of a pro-Taliban cleric, with witnesses describing horrifying ‘doomsday scenes’.

Video showed crowds listening to the speaker as they waved flags of support before the rally was interrupted by a terrifying explosion. The bomb sparked chaos as emergency services descended on the scene to attend to the casualties. 

‘I was confronted with a devastating sight – lifeless bodies scattered on the ground while people cried out for help,’ Fazal Aman, who was near the tent when the bomb went off, told AFP. 

The attack occurred in the town of Khar in the northwestern Bajaur district, just 45 kilometres from the Afghan border, in an area where militancy has been rising since the Taliban took control of Kabul in 2021.

Pakistani security officials stand guard as victims of the suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mastung are rushed to hospital

Pakistani security officials stand guard as victims of the suicide bomb blast at a mosque in Mastung are rushed to hospital

An ambulance brings blast causalities to a hospital in Quetta

An ambulance brings blast causalities to a hospital in Quetta 

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Israeli Power Company Reports Employee Fatally Struck By Attack From Lebanon

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Shalom Abudi, a 56-year-old employee of an Israeli power firm, was murdered by an anti-tank missile strike that came from the other side of the Lebanese border.

The Israel Electric Corporation acknowledged that the event happened in the Dovev area, about half a mile (800 meters) from the border between Lebanon and Israel.

The bombing increased hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, a militia supported by Iran.

The region has experienced heightened confrontations, especially between Israel and Hezbollah, in the aftermath of Hamas’s October 7 onslaught from the Gaza Strip.

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With the changing needs of carriers in mind, MatSing has made its new 6-beam MBA product set generally available. In order to provide 4×4 MIMO support, greater beam separation, and significant signal gain increase, the high-performing antenna solution is made to deliver the best possible coverage and capacity for 4G LTE and 5G networks.

The whole low- and mid-band spectrum is covered by MatSing’s extensive 6-beam lens antenna portfolio, which supports frequencies from 600 MHz to 4200 MHz. Some of the new Gen II antennas that are perfect for capacity relief and macros are as follows:

For all forms of connection, including 4G LTE and 5G, the new 6-beam panel lens antenna portfolio offers an instant capacity relief alternative with scalability supplied in a highly economical manner. The performance of the 4G LTE networks has to be improved continuously, even as 5G deployments around the world continue to move quickly and are predicted to continue expanding over the next ten years. Carriers’ primary objective continues to be connecting more devices to the network at the same time while improving customer happiness.

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The extensive portfolio of 6-beam lens antennas covers all low- and mid-band needs, supporting frequencies from 600 MHz to 4200 MHz. The new antennas are perfect for macros and capacity relief since they offer a scalable, instantaneous solution at a very low cost for all connectivity types, including 4G LTE and 5G.

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Local navy commander Andi Susanto claimed that the 196 refugees landed in the Pidie region of Aceh Province, in a remote place.

Some of the evacuees left right away after arriving inland; accounts vary as to how many of the ten or seven who made their way to the neighboring hills sought safety. A representative for the local fishing community, Marfian, surmised that these people might have been middlemen who brought refugees to the area on purpose.

Residents and local authorities helped the refugees by bringing food and drink to those who were left stranded on the shore.

Images sent to AFP showed exhausted refugees—including mothers holding small children—waiting for assistance on the shore. With around 200 Rohingya reported dead or missing during such treacherous sea crossings last year, the UN refugee agency predicts that over 2,000 Rohingya have tried the dangerous trek to Southeast Asian countries in 2022.

There is a pattern to the Rohingya migrants traveling by water to Indonesia, which is followed in this episode. 184 Rohingya refugees were forced to swim ashore after being abandoned at sea before arriving in the town of Peureulak in eastern Aceh in March. The difficulties and dangers Rohingya refugees encounter on their journey to safety and a better life in Southeast Asia are brought to light by their continuous arrival.

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