Suspected suicide bomber kills 45 on Pakistani-Indian border

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File photo shows Pakistani Rangers, in black, and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel performing the daily retreat ceremony at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah on September 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Narinder Nanu)
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At least 45 people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a restaurant on the Pakistani-Indian border, just after a daily ceremony when troops from both sides simultaneously lower the two nations\’ flags, officials said.
Hundreds of people visit the Wahga border crossing near the Pakistani city of Lahore to witness the flags of both countries being lowered just before sunset.
"I was sitting in my office near the border when I heard the blast. I rushed to the scene and saw scattered bodies, injured men, women and children and smashed cars," a Pakistani intelligence source told Reuters.
Media reports earlier said the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder but later police said it was probably a suicide bomber.
Police said they were investigating, and a doctor said up to 70 people were wounded.
"According to initial information it was a suicide attack," Inspector General of Punjab Police, Mushtaq Sukhera, told local television channels.
"When … security was a bit relaxed, the suicide attacker blew himself up near a restaurant. Thirty-seven people were killed and more than 50 wounded."
Source: REUTERS
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