UNITED NATIONS   -   The United Nations Security Council members strongly condemned Friday's "heinous and cowardly" terrorist attack at a mosque in Peshawar, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

A press statement issued on Sunday by the Security Council's president for March, UAE Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, expressed the Council members' "deepest sympathy and condolences" to the families of the victims and to the Government of Pakistan, and wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

At least 63 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the deadly attack which was claimed by ISIL-K, the Islamic State’s regional affiliate.

In a message, Pakistan's UN Ambassador Munir Akram thanked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres , the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the Security Council, especially China's Ambassador Zhang Jun, for proposing the Security Council press statement, and the UAE Ambassador, Ms. Nusseibeh, for securing consensus on it and issuing the statement denouncing the terrorist attack in Peshawar.