Jundullah, TTP claims suicide attack near Wagah border, 59 dead

LAHORE: Nearly 59 people have been killed after an explosion took place near the Wagah border on Sunday night. Outlawed militant group Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack.
Jundullah, the outlawed group behind a suicide bombing that killed at least 78 Christians at a church in Peshawar last September, claimed responsibility for the Wagah border attack.
The spokesman of the splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (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.
On other side, Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed it was a suicide attack. “People were returning after watching the parade at Wagah border when the blast took place. Ball bearings were found at the scene,” he said.
Nearly 70 people have also reportedly been injured in the explosion.
Emergency has been declared at all hospitals in Lahore. Prime Nawaz Sharif has taken notice of the explosion and called for a report on the incident.
Wagah is the only road border crossing between the Indian city of Amritsar and the Pakistani city of Lahore.
An Indian security official told Reuters that the Indian side of Wagah border is “safe” after blast on Pakistani side.