Anarkali Bomb Blast: BNA Claims Responsibility

The newly formed Baloch militant group called Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA) has claimed responsibility of the horrific bomb blast that took place at the Paan Mandi in Lahore’s famous Anarkali market.

According to the details, a blast took place on Thursday (today) in Anarkali which left at least three people dead and twenty six injured. The attack was claimed on Twitter by a spokesman for the Baloch Nationalist Army, one of several ethnic separatist groups that have been waging an insurgency for years in southwest Pakistan.

“This attack targeted bank employees. A detailed statement will be issued soon,” the tweet said.

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Videos reveal that the blast shattered windows of nearby shops and buildings at Paan Mandi in Lahore’s famous Anarkali market. Mir Sarfraz Bugti, Former Minister for Home & Tribal Affairs of Balochistan, while talking to media said that Baloch Nationalist Army has accepted responsibility for Lahore attack today. This organization was formed 10 days ago.

Bugti said that two Baloch nationalist organisations, the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the United Baloch Army (UBA) announced their dissolution and the formation of a new organisation the Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA).

On the other hand, police and intelligence agencies are investigating the Anarkali blast and the alleged terrorist was identified with the help of CCTV footage. According to investigative sources, the alleged terrorist came to the spot on a motorcycle. The alleged terrorist placed a bag at the scene and an explosion took place 4 minutes after he left.

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The Punjab Chief Minister (CM) took notice of the alleged cylinder blast in Anarkali and sought a report from the Inspector General of Police. CM Usman Buzdar directed that the best medical facilities be provided to the injured. He added that the incident should be investigated and a report submitted.

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif has condemned the Lahore blast and said that he regrets the loss of precious lives due to the Lahore blast. Terrorism in Lahore after Islamabad is not a good omen for the country.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader Maryam Nawaz tweeted on the social networking site Twitter that the blast at Anarkali Bazaar, which was crowded and the busiest area, was a very sad and disturbing incident. Three people, including a child, were killed and dozens were injured. May Allah have mercy on all of them, their families, and Pakistan.

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