Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Pakistan-India Flag-Lowering Border Site

The video above shows the elaborate ceremony that takes place daily at the Wagah border crossing just outside the Pakistani city of Lahore. On Sunday evening, a suicide bomber who was stopped at a checkpoint just outside the ceremonial site detonated his vest as Pakistanis were returning from the flag-lowering. The death toll now stands near 60 and over 100 were injured. Because thousands attend this ceremony every day, the crowds are quite dense as they leave the site. From the New York Times:

Spectators viewing the ceremony have to pass through two security checkpoints before entering the site.

Pakistani officials said the suicide bomber detonated the explosives in front of a line of shops 500 to 600 yards from the main site, at a time when security was lax after the flag-lowering ceremony had concluded.

Attendance was high on Sunday because it was a holiday, and many visitors had come from other towns and cities

At least two militant groups have claimed responsibility:

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar splinter group of the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the Wagah border attack as its spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan, speaking to Dawn on telephone from Afghanistan, said it was carried out by one of their men.

When asked if it was more than one suicide bomber, he said one man carried out the attack.

“We will continue such attacks in the future,” Ehsan said.

“Some other groups have claimed responsibility of this attack, but these claims are baseless. We will soon release the video of this attack,” he said.

“This attack is revenge for the killing of innocent people in North Waziristan,” the banned militant group’s spokesman said.

Earlier Jundullah, another outlawed group which was behind a suicide bombing that killed at least 78 Christians at a church in Peshawar last September, had also claimed responsibility for the Wagah border attack.

The spokesman of the splinter group of the TTP Ahmed Marwat via telephone said that the attack is a reaction to military operation Zarb-i-Azb and Waziristan operation.

Jundullah and the much larger Pakistani Taliban are among loosely aligned militant groups that frequently share personnel, tactics and agendas. Claims for specific incidents are often hard to verify.

Note that this Jundallah group is not the same one that carries out attacks on the Iran-Pakistan border.

Reuters reports that intelligence agencies for Pakistan and India had warning that an attack was coming and increased security measures prevented the bomber getting to the actual site of the flag-lowering:

“It appears the bomber wanted to target ground zero where Pakistan and India border officials stand together to perform the flag ceremony but he could not enter due to tight security on the last gate,” a Pakistani intelligence official told Reuters.

“Had he managed to reach the place, there would have been the worst scenario at both sides.”

If successful, such an attack would likely have severely tested ties between India and Pakistan, already frayed after weeks of shelling further along the border killed 17 people in October.

Unrest is not very common in Lahore. It was, however, the scene of the Raymond Davis fiasco. I’ve long been of the opinion that Davis served as a recruiter both in the US and in Pakistan, so it would be irresponsible not to wonder whether any of his recruits had a hand in Sunday’s event.

2 replies
  1. wallace says:

    quote;”The video above shows the elaborate ceremony that takes place daily at the Wagah border crossing just outside the Pakistani city of Lahore.”unquote


    stop..stop..yer killing me..DOH! pun intended..but..that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen! Are you sure that’s not from Monte Python??? No matter, but I’ve got $5 that says there was no bomber…it was simply a foriegner exploding in laughter. I mean..holy mother of Silly Walks. Don’t these schmucks know how stupid they look?? I mean..hahahahahahahaha…hohohohohohoh…hahahaha.. god.. please. ..forgive my lack of respect here…but DAIM..that video was toooooooooo funny.

  2. Don Bacon says:

    See if this rings a bell:
    Clare Lopez, formerly CIA, Sep 25, 2013:

    The United States intervened in Libya in early 2011 on the side of al Qaeda militias: Ansar al Sharia, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group, Libya Shield, and others–very well known to our Embassy in Tripoli, to our then, not-yet-Ambassador, but Christopher Stevens, who was named in early 2011 the envoy to the Libyan revolution, to the Libyan rebels. …. After 9/11, the United States is now intervening in a sovereign country to assist al Qaeda to overthrow that government.

    This strategy has been applied by the US in Libya, in Syria, and formerly in Afghanistan with terrorist groups like al-Qaeda (now IS in Syria/Iraq). The US has a massive military presence in Qatar, with the al-Qaeda HQ right down the street, and with Qatar providing the financial support of al-Qaeda.

    It also applies in Pakistan with the help of CIA agents like Raymond Davis. “Davis was instrumental in recruiting young people from Punjab for the Taliban to fuel the bloody insurgency (in Pakistan),” the official said. Using the same strategy of funding terrorists, CIA has ties to Jundallah, a US-designated terrorist group in Iran and Pakistan.

    October 19, 2009
    The U.S. government effectively attacked Iran yesterday after its proxy terror group Jundullah launched a suicide bomb attack against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard at their headquarters in Pishin, near the border with Pakistan.
    Leaders of the Al-Qaeda affiliated Sunni terrorist group Jundullah have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Iran that killed over 40 people yesterday. The group is funded and trained by the CIA and is being used to destabilize the government of Iran, according to reports out of the London Telegraph and ABC News.

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