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Bomb blast at Wagah border in Pakistan side

Nov 3, 2014 13:13 IST

Wagah border in Pakistan side: suicide attacker blew himself after detonating a powerful bomb
Wagah border was in news on 2 November 2014 due to suicide bomb blast that occurred in Pakistani side. The blast claimed lives of at least 61 people including 11 women and three security personnel. More than 200 people were also injured who have been hospitalized.

The incident
The incident occurred minutes after the flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing, when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb. The suicide bomber blew himself up near one of the exit gates at Wagah, when people were returning after watching the flag ceremony.

In lieu of the horrific blast, there will be no beating retreat ceremony at Wagah border for 3 days from 3 November 2014 at the request of Pakistan.

Responsibility of the attack
Al-Qaeda affiliated militant group Jandullah claimed the responsibility for the attack. Jandullah is the same militant group that was behind a suicide bombing that killed at least 78 Christians at a church in Peshawar in September 2013.

About Wagah
Wagah (Wahga in Pakistan) is the only road border crossing between Indian city Amritsar and the Pakistani City of Lahore. It lies on the Grand Trunk Road between the cities of Amritsar, Punjab, India, and Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

The border is located 22 kilometres from Lahore and 32 kilometres from Amritsar. It is a village through which the controversial Radcliffe Line, the boundary demarcation line dividing India and Pakistan upon the Partition of India, was drawn. The village was divided in 1947 by independence in 1947. At present, the eastern half of the village remains in India while the western half is in Pakistan.

This border area is particularly known for the elaborate Wagah border ceremony that happens at the border gate before 5PM each day.


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