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Tragic: 9 People Dead As Mosque Collapses In Pakistan

There were up to 30 people in the mosque for the daily afternoon prayer

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No fewer than 9 people have died while worshipping in a mosque which collapsed in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.

The incident took place in Daroghawala, a low income neighbourhood in the outer city with narrow and congested streets.

"The bodies of at least nine worshippers have been pulled out from the rubble of the roof, while an unknown number of people are still buried," a rescue official told AFP.

The death toll is expected to raise, authorities report.

There were up to 30 people in the mosque at the daily afternoon prayer.

"We fear that the death toll might rise. The roads there are very crowded, preventing heavy machines from entering the area to remove the debris. The people of the area are also helping the rescue effort," the official said.

A local government official, Usman Ahmed, confirmed the roof collapse and toll.

"It was just another normal day when I stood with others to say my prayers, but suddenly everything turned into pain, dust and it was suffocating," said worshipper Zahid Bashir.

"I am lucky to have survived this. Life and death is in the hands of Allah."


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