Et utendørsmarked i Peshawar ble rammet av to bomber. 10 mennesker ble drept og 70 såret. Taliban påtar seg ansvaret for onsdagens angrep i Lahore der 23 ble drept og 300 såret.

Senior Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud told news agencies militants had been planning to target Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, for a long time.

Hakimullah Mehsud is deputy to Taliban leader Baitullah Mesud,

En tidligere sikkerhetsoffiser og analytiker sier myndighetene ikke er på høyde med situasjonen. De forstår ikke å gardere seg mot angrep, og når situasjonen oppstår blir de grepet av panikk. Det er ikke slik man beseirer Taliban.

Former military official and defense analyst Talat Masood says the magnitude of the Lahore attack illustrates a serious lapse in security and a lack good intelligence.

«The security culture is not at all compatible with the type of threats that Pakistan is facing in the sense that the police and the security agencies are not truly trained to handle such incidents,» he said. «I think it is a question of training, it is a question of equipment, it is a question of culture and mindset.»

The Lahore office of LG Pakistan, an electronics firm after the blast, 27 May 2009
The Lahore office of LG Pakistan, an electronics firm after the blast, 27 May 2009
Masood says the area where the militants struck, outside a police emergency-response unit on one of Lahore’s busiest streets, could have been better cordoned off with multiple zones of security. He says multiple rings of security would not have allowed a vehicle to park so close to the building, which was flattened by the explosion.

Response criticized

Masood says another clue that shows how unprepared Pakistan’s security forces are is how they respond after an attack.

«The response after an event, you can see, is extremely chaotic,» he said. «Immediately those places must be cordoned off. No outsiders must be allowed. All forensic evidence must be preserved.»

Blasts Rock Peshawar, Pakistan