A suicide blast near the Pakistan-India border killed at least 55 people and left more than 150 injured, according to local police (Al Jazeera). The blast took place in Wagah, the provincial capital of Punjab, at the end of a daily flag-lowering. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack (The New York Times). The groups stated they carried out the attack because of the army’s continuing operations in Waziristan, where air raids are targeting armed groups.
India’s home ministry requested the flag-lowering ceremony to be suspended in respect of the dead. The ceremony attracts about 5,000 to 7,000 people every day on the Pakistani side and has been held since the two countries went to war in 1971 (Reuters). The attack has stirred people’s nerves in a region already burdened by violence and insurgencies.
Author: The India Center Fellow, Jessica Rodriguez