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Wagah Border Suicide Blast: Death Toll reaches 60

New Delhi, Nov 03: At least 60 people, including 11 women, children and 3 security personnel, were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker blew himself up with a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan on Sunday, minutes after the traditional flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pak land border crossing.

The death toll is likely to increase as several injured treated at the hospitals are said to be critical. A large number of people were watching the rangers flag ceremony at Wagah border when a suicide bomber blew himself up near one of the exit gates.

The deceased Pak Rangers officials were identified as Inspector Rizwan, Hawaldar Shahbir and Lance Naik Sultan. The blast damaged shops, motorcycles, vehicles and the customs building. After the incident, the Rangers and police cordoned off the area and started a search operation.

The blast took place in a car park on the Pakistani side at least 500 meters from the border with India. No Indian troops were hurt in the attack.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned the attack, terming it as a "shocking" and "a dastardly act of terrorism".

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