WASHINGTON: The US has issued a strong condemnation following the deadly blast that ripped through a mosque in Mohmand Agency on Friday killing at least 29 people and left around 32 injured. A suicide bomber is said to have blown himself up in a crowded mosque. Worshipers had gathered to offer their Friday prayers at the mosque.

In a statement issued by the Department of State, the spokesperson said that the attack against civilians at a mosque during Friday prayers was an appalling reminder that terrorism threatens all countries in the region.

“We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed as well as our thoughts and prayers to those injured,” he said.

The statement read that the United States stood with the people of Pakistan against the scourge of terrorism and would continue to work with the government of Pakistan against those who committed such outrageous attacks.

It has emerged that some of the casualties appeared to have been caused when part of the mosque caved in following the explosion. Rescue team retrieved bodies and rescued the injured from the rubble of the mosque as the corridor of the mosque had also collapsed and fell on the worshippers.