Wagah Blast: 3 Militant Groups claim Responsibility

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New Delhi, Nov 03: Hours after the suicide attack rocked the the Wagah border killing more than 60 and leaving hundreds wounded, three militant groups, two of them breakaway groups of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), have separately claimed the responsibility for the blast.

The terror factions claiming their roles in the attack are Jundullah (that broke away from TTP last year) Jamat-ul-Ahrar (announced in September this year) and a non-descripit Mahar Mehsud group.

The first group to have claimed the attack that killed at least 60 people, was anti-Shia group Jundullah (Soldiers of Allah), which is notorious for having carried attacks like 2004 attack on Karachi Corps Commander, September 2013 Peshawar church bombing, June 2013 murder of tourists in Gilgit–Baltistan, and February 2012 Kohistan Massacre.

Ahmaed Marwat, the group's spokesperson, claimd the attack at Wagah border, saying it was in retribution to Pakistani Army's Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

However, former Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan rubbished the claims of Jundullah asserting that its Jamat-ul-Ahrar group was responsible for the deadly suicide attack at Wagah border. In order to prove his claim, he would soon release the video of the attack that was carried out by a member of his group Hafiz Hanifullah. He said that the attack was carried out to send a bold and open message to the governments on both sides (India and Pakistan) of the border. He said that the attack was launched to take the revenge for the killing of people in Waziristan.

Ehsanullah Ehsan also mocked the claims of anti-Shia group Jundullah, terming it as a hypothetical Iranian Mujahideen group.

Ehsanullah Ehsan represents Jamat-ul-Ahrar, which broke away from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in August this year. Jamat-ul-Ahrar is the second faction to have splintered from the TTP this year and comprises of former leaders of the Movement of Taliban in Pakistan.

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