At least three people lost their lives and 26 others were wounded when a remote-controlled device blew up in Lahore’s New Anarkali Market. A couple of hours after the blast, a Twitter handle purportedly from one Mureed Baloch said that Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA) has claimed responsibility, Samaa TV re- ported.
There are several Baloch nationalist groups that are operating in Pakistan but BNA has not been heard of previously. Officials have confirmed that the group was created as recently as this month.
The Transnational Terrorists Intelligence Group(TTIG) of Sindh Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) investigates threats from militant groups. Its chief Raja Umar Khattab said BNA is a new terrorist group that has been formed by a merger of the banned Baloch Republican Army and United Baloch Army (UBA). Khattab says the merger or alliance emerged on January 11 when the group was formed. This explains why many officials were surprised when the BNA claimed responsibility for the Lahore attack. Most of the information about the group was gathered after the blast, the report said.