Suicide bombing kills dozons on India/Pakistan border


Indian Express today
At least 52 people, including children and security personnel, were killed and 200 others injured in a suicide attack at Wagah, Pakistan on Sunday.

# 5 militants held in Karachi, major terrorist attack averted in the southern port city.

# The powerful explosion occurred in the parking area of the Wagah border between India and Pakistan minutes after the flag lowering-ceremony ended. Earlier reports had said it could be a cylinder blast.

Terror attack in Pakistan near Wagah Border is shocking. I strongly condemn such a dastardly act of terrorism.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 2, 2014

# Geo TV reported that 48 people have been killed while nearly 70 others have been injured in the explosion. It is feared that the death toll could rise.

# Our side is safe, we are alert, have increased our security, we are in constant touch with district officials and state police, says Ashok Kumar, Inspector General, Border Security Force

Washington Post today

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — More than 50 people were killed Sunday when a suicide bomber struck during a solemn military ceremony at Pakistan’s eastern border with India, the deadliest attack on Pakistani soil this year.

The explosion at the Wagah crossing occurred just as the daily flag-lowering ceremony conducted by security forces on both sides was concluding. The blast tore through a parking lot, damaging several shops and a restaurant near the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Police said 55 people were killed, including numerous children, and more than 100 injured. The death toll was expected to rise, they added.

The attack, which appeared to be in retaliation for Pakistan’s ongoing military operation against Islamist extremists, overwhelmed hospitals in Lahore. And after several months of relative calm, the sight of bodies stacked in hospital parking lots again exposed Pakistan’s continued vulnerability to terrorist strikes.

“My father died. My younger brother is dead. My two maternal uncles and their wives were killed,” one victim told Pakistan’s GEO News in a televised interview. “My life is deserted. They went to see the parade.”

The flag-lowering ceremony is an immensely popular daily ritual between the two nations, involving a show of choreographed aggression and macho drills by soldiers on both sides of the border. The practice, carried out for more than five decades, is often attended by thousands. Wagah is the main border crossing between Pakistan and India, which have fought three major wars since 1947.

There were conflicting claims of responsibility for the attack. Officials from both Jundallah, an al-Qaeda offshoot, and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, which split from the Pakistani Taliban, said the bombing was retaliation against Pakistan’s military. Another Pakistani Taliban splinter group, the Hakimullah Mehsud faction, also asserted responsibility.

You Tube clip of the border gate closing at wagah


Nasty and claimed by several actors, more trouble coming up there.