Suicide attack kills nearly 45 in eastern Pakistan
A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a Pakistani paramilitary checkpoint near the country's eastern border with India yesterday, killing at least 45 people in the deadliest attack to hit the country in several months, police and government officers said.
The explosion hit near the checkpoint at the Wagah border crossing as hundreds of people were returning from a military parade on the outskirts of Lahore, provincial police chief Mushtaq Sukhera said.
Both the Pakistani and the Indian military conduct daily parades and flag-flying ceremonies on their respective sides of the border. The events draw crowds of hundreds, a number that would rise into the thousands on a weekend like yesterday.
The death toll was likely to rise because over 100 people were wounded, with several in critical condition, Sukhera said.
Police are investigating the bombing, and had intelligence reports in advance that there could be such a blast in the city, he added.