April 02, 2013

Sandcrawler PSA: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and You

Read SOFREPS series on the Islamist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. As we know of many Pakistian Islamist groups no matter how you spell it, its still says Qaeda al-Jihad.

On January 10, 2013, three bombs exploded in the city of Quetta, Pakistan. The first bomb went off in the early hours in a food market. It killed 12 people and injured 47. The United Baloch Army claimed responsibility. The second and third bombs went off in a one-two punch later in the evening hours. A suicide bomber hit a snooker hall popular with Shias, and ten minutes later, after police and journalists arrived on the scene, another bomb exploded just outside the building. The evening death toll was 96 people, with over 170 injured in the blasts, the majority of victims were Shias. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the latter attacks.

On February 22, the Punjab Police released their ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list, naming 109 men. The first surprise – not a single member of Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT], the terror organization responsible for the brutal massacre in Mumbai in 2008, made the list. 109 slots – no LeT. Topping the updated Pakistan terror list is Lashkar-e-Jhangvi [LeJ], the terror outfit who, according to Interior Minister Malik, is responsible for or tied to 80 percent of terror activities in Pakistan.

Part II of the series is here.
On September 20, 2011 a bus full of Pakistani citizens departed Quetta for Taftan, Balochistan on pilgrimage. En route to the Iranian border, the bus was intercepted by gunmen from Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. Kushal Khan, the bus driver, says that 8-10 gunmen in jeeps came in from the opposite direction, blocking the bus. The men were armed with AK-47s and RPGs. Once the bus was stopped, the gunmen boarded the bus and ordered the passengers off the bus.

As firing began, people started running like headless chickens,” Rajab Ali, a survivor, told The Express Tribune, at the District Headquarters Hospital in Quetta. “One of the assailants was filming the incident.”

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