11/05/2014, 00.00
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After the attack at Wagah, Taliban “ready to attack India"

The group that claimed responsibility for the attack on Pakistan border slams prime minister Narendra Modi "murderer of hundreds of Muslims". Taliban spokesman promises: "We will avenge the innocent people of Kashmir and Gujarat."

New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Tehereek-e-Taliban Pakistan Janaat Ahrar (TTP-Ja), who were behind the October 2 Wagah suicide attack, say they will target India. In a tweet in Urdu militia spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said: " If we can attack this side, the other side could also be attacked". He also tweeted in English: "You (Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi) are the killer of hundreds of Muslims. We willl take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gujarat".

In the attack at Wagah, the only border crossing via land between the two countries, more than 60 people were killed and at least 200 were injured. Most of the victims were Pakistani nationals, since the bomber blew himself up on the Pakistani side of the border.

The TTP-Ja is a Taliban group that formed last September immediately announcing its support for the Islamic state (IS). The TTP-Ja's clear anti-Indian rhetoric, say some analysts, is different from that of the Pakistani Taliban, whose actions focus mainly against the Pakistani security forces in the tribal areas north-west of the country.

The Muslim majority Himalayan region of Kashmir, has been claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, for over 60 years. In 1949 - at the end of the first Indo-Pakistani conflict - the territory was divided: New Delhi took Jammu and Kashmir (which became a special status state, ed), the Islamabad took the Northern Territory and Azad Kashmir. A division that has not stopped the tensions, setting the two nations into a spiral of "war" without end.

The current prime minister Narendra Modi is considered by many partly responsible for the violence between Hindus and Muslims that erupted in 2002 in the state of Gujarat, when he was chief minister. In the massacres the Islamic community paid the highest price, with more than a thousand victims.

 

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