Pakistani policemen stand guard during a procession by Shiite devotees ahead of the forthcoming commemoration of Ashoura in Karachi on November 2, 2014. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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A suicide bomber killed at least 55 people Sunday at the main Pakistan-India border crossing, the blast tearing through crowds of spectators leaving after the colourful daily ceremony to close the frontier.The attack is a rare strike in Punjab, Pakistan's richest and most populous province and powerbase of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which has been spared the worst of the bloody wave of Islamist violence that has assailed the country in recent years.Lahore police chief Amin Wains confirmed it was a suicide attack.It appears the blast took place some distance from the border itself.There were several conflicting claims of responsibility for the attack, reflecting the fragmentation the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) movement has undergone in recent weeks.Group spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in an email statement the attack was revenge for those killed in the ongoing military operation in North Waziristan tribal area, on the Afghan border.
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