However, no group has claimed responsibility. “Indo-Pak peace train hit by terror; 67 dead,” from NewsLocale:
Terror struck the Samjhauta Express early Monday morning when a bomb blast ripped apart the peace train causing the death of at least 67 people and injuring many others. The attack involved two crude bombs and occurred near the Indian city of Panipat.
The train links New Delhi with Lahore and was restarted in 2004 as a mark of peace between the two warring neighbors. It is not clear how this will affect the peace process, but one fact was significant. This is the first terror attack to target innocent citizens of both countries.
Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf called the attack wanton and vowed that it would only strengthen the peace process rather than derail it. “Such wanton acts of terrorism will only serve to further strengthen our resolve to attain the mutually desire objective of sustainable peace,” he said.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the culprits would be brought to book. The finger of suspicion is being pointed at Islamic terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, although no group has claimed responsibility.