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SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamatul Ahrar which claimed responsibility for this week’s devastating suicide bombing on the Wagah border has said the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan.

At least 60 Pakistanis were killed during the popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when the bomber tried to get as close as possible to the border.

The manner in which the attack was carried out could be viewed as a possible attempt to cause casualties on the Indian side as well.

In a tweet issued after the attack, the splinter group, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), said it was determined to attack both sides.

In a tweet issued after the attack, the splinter group, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan Jamatul Ahrar (TTP-JA), said it was determined to attack both sides.

“This attack is an open message to both governments across the border,” TTP-JA spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an Urdu-language message.

“If we can attack this side, the other side could also be attacked.”

He also tweeted in English (which was later deleted): “You (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) are the killer of hundreds of Muslims. We wl take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gugrat” (sic).

Gujrat, misspelt in the tweet, is a western Indian state where more than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, were killed in inter-religious rioting in 2002, when Modi was its chief minister.

The authenticity of the tweets could not be immediately verified and then did not show on Ehsan’s Twitter page as of Wednesday morning.

www.urdu.dawn.com.pk

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