Friday, March 21, 2008

Pakistan: A follow up to the Luna Caprese bombing

An interesting follow up to the Luna Caprese bombing last week can be found here.

Sources told AKI that the anti-Shia Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, which has merged with al-Qaeda, is the one behind this violence.

It is believed that the same group is also behind the 15 March attack on an Italian restaurant in Islamabad which killed one woman and injured 11 others as well as the deadly bomb attacks in Lahore on 11 March which killed 24 people and injured 100.

The group is apparently targeting any individuals or groups they believe to be behind the anti-al-Qaeda movements in Pakistan's tribal areas.

The Italian restaurant in Islamabad which was bombed was co-owned by an Italian woman and the wife of the Amir of Hunza.

The Amir of Hunza is the chief of Shia majority Hunza region situated in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and is believed to be one the main backers and financers of the anti-Taliban and anti-al-Qaeda movements in Pakistan's northern areas. As such the restaurant was an obvious target for the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.