Saturday, 7 December 2019

Suicide Bomb Attack in Wagah Kills Dozens, Injuring Hundreds

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  • TEMPO.CO, Wagah - More than 50 people were killed while 100 people injured in a suicide bombing. The blast hit near the checkpoint at the Wagah border crossing, near Lahore on Sunday, November 2, 2014. The attack happened during the Wagah border closing ceremony.

    "The blast happened when a suicide attacker approached a restaurant after the day's ceremony.At least 15 people were badly injuredand three members of the Pakistani border force had died. Men and children fell victims to the attack," said Punjab Police Chief Mushtaq Sukhera to BBC News yesterday.

    The Pakistani Taliban told the BBC that it had carried out the attack, although another militant group, Jundullah, also said it was responsible.

    Pakistan and India have been involved in a long-running conflict over the region of Kashmir, which both side claimed as part of their territories. The two countries, which have fought three wars against each other, blame the attack on each other.

    Border patrol continuously monitor Wagah as it is the only road crossing between the two countries. This is an important trade route for both countries.

    RINDU P. HESTYA | BBC NEWS