December 2009 Lahore attacks
|December 2009 Lahore attacks|
|Location||Allama Iqbal Town, Lahore, Pakistan|
|Date||December 7, 2009
9:00 p.m. – ? (UTC+05:00)
|Suicide bombing, shooting|
|Deaths||At least 54|
|Perpetrators||Suicide bombers: Punjabi teens
The December 2009 Lahore attacks were a series of two bomb blasts and a shooting which occurred in a crowded market in Lahore, Pakistan on 7 December 2009. At least 54 people were killed & about 150 others wounded.
The blasts took place in the Moon Market of Lahore's Allama Iqbal town late in the night. One of the blasts was in front of Muslim Commercial Bank and the second one was in front of Moon Market faisal irfan jewellers. The two blasts which were within 30 seconds of each other resulted in a blaze which engulfed the shops in the market. The attack came at about 9:00 pm local time and struck a corner of the market where women were buying clothes. After the blasts the militants fired at the people fleeing the scene. Most of the victims were women. The second blast was near an electricity pole and caused a short circuit which is thought to have led to the fire.
After initial investigations Civil Defence District Officer Mazhar Ahmed stated that it appeared that both blasts were caused by suicide bombers. According to preliminary reports the bombers were about 18 years of age and from southern Punjab (Pakistan). The Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a team to the market who collected samples of explosives and other evidence from the site.[dead link]
Widespread conspiracy theories circulated after the attacks that India and United States were behind the violence and government officials stoked this perception. However analyst Hassan Askari-Rizvi dismissing these theories stated that the idea that India may be behind the terror attacks is "a very widely shared perception, but there's hardly any evidence to substantiate that. They [the militants] have attacked civilians in the past. I think the government consciously creates that confusion."
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- At least 45 killed as twin bombs hit Lahore, Dawn, 2009-12-08
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- Market Attack in Eastern Pakistan Kills at Least 30, The New York Times, 2009-12-07
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- Lahore blasts were suicide attacks, Daily Times, 2009-12-09
- FBI team visits Lahore's Moon market blast site, Asian News International, 2009-12-10
- Pakistan attacks: Officials feed suspicion that India, US are to blame, The Christian Science Monitor, 2009-12-08