LeJ, Pakistani Taliban likely behind deadly Pakistan bombing

While the operational tempo of jihadist groups based in Pakistan has decreased significantly, today served as a reminder of their capability to execute horrific attacks and remain a major threat to the Pakistani state.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, an anti-Shia jihadist group with ties to al Qaeda, and the Shehryar Mehsud faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan are said to be responsible for today’s bombing at a vegetable market in Parachinar, located in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram. At least 25 people were killed and another 49 wounded in the blast, according to Dawn.

Dawn reported that LeJ sent a text message to reporters and claimed the attack was executed in conjunction with the Shehryar Mehsud Taliban faction:

In a text message sent to journalists, the proscribed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami claimed that it, along with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter Shehryar Mehsud group carried out the attack. However, the Sheheryar Mehsud group did not independently claim the bombing.

LeJ’s involvement with the bombing would come as no surprise. The group is well known for carrying out sectarian terror attacks against minority Shia, Ahmadis, Sufis, and Christians in Pakistan. The group has released videos of executions of captured Shia prisoners. Parachinar is a predominantly Shia area of Kurram.

However, the involvement of the Sheheryar Mehsud group, if true, is interesting. The Sheheryar Mehsud group, which is based in the neighboring tribal agency of North Waziristan, split from the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan (TTP) due to a leadership dispute with the TTP’s emir, Mullah Fazlullah. In the announcement of the split, the group “declared extortion, kidnapping for ransom, and bombing public places as ‘Haram’ (forbidden by Islam),” according to Pakistan Today.

Then again, the Taliban and other jihadist groups are well known for denouncing attacks on civilians, only to backtrack and slaughter them.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • Birbal Dhar says:

    It’s amazing that over a decade, we’re seeing more terrorist attacks in Pakistan than in neighbouring India. Before 9/11, India used to have terrorist attacks from Islamic groups sponsored by Pakistan and Pakistan itself did not even have one Islamic terrorist attack in its country. Now for over a decade, it’s the other way round, in 2016 terrorists who were sponsored by Pakistan are attacking mostly in Pakistan than neighbouring India. I guess what goes around, comes around !!

  • Ghost says:

    Pakistan’s Bol TV ( money from ISI owned fake diploma Mill Axact) blaming it on foreign agencies( CIA, Mossad, Raw).

  • Arjuna says:

    And around and around….
    Did you notice that the ISI are looking at using Pakistanis pretending to be Afghans to try to target the Republic Day ceremonies?
    Stay sharp, RAW. The dogs are at the door.


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