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July 1st, 2010

167639 Many dead in Lahore shrine attack

LAHORE, PAKISTAN – At least 35 people have been killed and more than 130 injured in an attack on a Muslim shrine in the eastern city of Lahore.

  • Tripe suicide attack took place at the Data Ganj Baksh shrine, the most important Sufi shrine in Pakistan.
  • Attack is largest strike against Sufi shrine in Pakistan for 10 years.
  • No claim of responsibility yet, but Pakistani Taliban suspected.
  • Analysts say attack is likely to enrage ordinary Pakistanis, the majority of whom identify with the Sufi tradition in Islam.

Analysts available for comment:

SAMINA AHMED is South Asia Project Director for International Crisis Group. She leads a team of analysts focusing on examination of political, security and stability issues throughout South Asia, including problems of authoritarianism; Islamic extremism, domestic and regional terrorism; educational, security sector reform; and the US and NATO interventions.
samina.ahmed@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan


KENNETH STRINGER is director of Khyber House, a research center on Afghanistan and Pakistan for Booz Allen Hamilton. He took up this post in 2004, after 20 years service as a CIA operative. During his career with the CIA, Dr. Stringer served in a variety of analytic and managerial positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, including assignments in South Asia and Europe. In 2001, Dr. Stringer was selected to lead the South Asia Issue Group in the Office of Near Eastern and South Asian Analysis, a group of analysts providing critical analysis to the President and other senior US leaders.
kenneth.stringer@theglobalexperts.org
Location: McLean, VA, USA


ARABINDA ACHARYA is research fellow and manager of strategic projects at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is an expert on terrorism and conflict throughout the South Asia region.
arabinda.acharya@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Sinagpore


CATHARIN DALPINO is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and a former Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on Southeast Asian security, regional relations and domestic politics. See full bio…
catharin.dalpino@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Washington, DC, USA


WILL HARTLEY is the editor of Janes Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), based in Washington, D.C. He leads a team responsible for collecting and analysing terrorism and insurgency related open source intelligence, producing country briefings, case study and major terrorist incident reports.
will.hartley@theglobalexperts.org
Location: Washington, D.C., USA

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