Indian Bombings – Bomb Blasts In India – Pray For Peace

Indian Bombings – Bomb Blasts In India – Pray For Peace

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AHMEDABAD: Investigators scoured Ahmedabad on Sunday, detaining 30 people for questioning in the city that saw 16 bombs blasts around dusk on Saturday, the city’s police commissioner OP Mathur said.

Little-known Islamic militant group the Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility in an e-mail to a television channel, warning of “the terror of death” and taking credit for the synchronised bombings that killed at least 45 people in a second series of blasts in India in two days. The group claimed the attacks were in retaliation for rioting in 2002.

Police also found and defused an unexploded bomb. Investigators in Surat, a city about 160 miles south of Ahmedabad, found a car carrying detonators and liquid police suspect may be ammonium nitrate, a chemical often used in explosive devices, city police Chief RMS. Brar told reporters.

Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat state where Ahmedabad is located, said the bombings appeared to have been masterminded by a group or groups who “are using a similar modus operandi all over the country”. India has been hit repeatedly by bombings in recent years. Nearly all have been blamed on militants who allegedly want to provoke violence between India’s Hindu majority and Muslim minority, although officials rarely offer hard evidence implicating a specific group. (Reference)

BOSTON (MarketWatch) — Bomb blasts rocked the northwestern India city of Ahmadabad on Sunday, the second such attack on a major Indian commercial center in as many days.

The synchronized explosion of 16 small bombs resulted in at least 150 injured and 45 dead in Ahmadabad. The bombs were detonated within minutes of each other in several mostly Muslim neighborhoods around the city, according to reports from the region, with the targets including two medical centers.

Located in the northwestern region of India, Ahmadabad has become increasingly popular with international companies. However, tensions between the Hindu majority and Muslim minority still haunt the area, where riots claimed the lives of nearly 2,000 people in 2002.

On Sunday, Indian authorities said they believe the blasts are part of a conspiracy led by religious extremists to destabilize the country. Police reportedly had about 30 people in custody by Sunday evening as part of their investigation into the attacks.

The Ahmadabad bombings come just about two days after at least six small bombs were detonated in the technology hub of Bangalore in southern India, where several of the world’s largest technology companies now maintain operations.

Two people were killed in those blasts, with at least another seven injured.

Minutes before the Ahmadabad blasts, a little-known Muslim group called the Indian Muhahedeen emailed several domestic media outlets announcing the attack. The email was traced back to a Yahoo account.

CNN reported that the email account in question was eventually traced to an apartment rented by an U.S. national in Mumbai, who told Indian officials his email account had recently been hacked into.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the Indian Muhahedeen claimed responsibility for another group of bombings in May in the city of Jaipur. Sixty-three people were killed in that attack. (Reference)

Indian police say they’ve detained a number of people over Sunday’s wave of bombings in Ahmedabad that killed 45 people and wounded about 160.

The city is reportedly calm now that large numbers of police, soldiers and para-military forces have been deployed on the streets.

India’s home minister, Shivraj Patil, says the priority is to enable all Indians to get on with their lives normally.

“The state government has been taking steps to see that there are no mischiefs perpetrated by the people and nothing is done to disturb the peace and tranquility,” he said. (Reference)

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — An obscure Islamic militant group warning of “the terror of Death” claimed responsibility for bombings that killed at least 45 people and authorities stepped up security Sunday after India’s second series of blasts in two days. The city’s police commissioner, O.P. Mathur, said that 30 people had been detained for questioning, but there was scant information about the Indian Mujahideen, the little known group that took credit for the bombings in western India. (Reference)

Indian police say 39 people have been killed in multiple blasts in the western city of Ahmadabad.

The city’s police control room reported today that another 110 people have been wounded in the 16 explosions that hit several neighbourhoods last night.

The blasts came a day after seven small explosions hit the southern technology hub of Bangalore, killing two people.

Several Indian cities have been targeted by serial blasts in recent months. The attacks have been blamed on Islamic militants.

An official later said the death toll has risen to 45.

The state government spokesman did not confirm the number wounded. (Reference)

New Delhi, July 27: Muslim organizations have condemned Ahmadabad serial blasts. On Saturday, 45 people were killed in 17 bomb blasts that took place one after the other shocking not only the state, but the whole country.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) a leading Muslim organization in India has condemned the attack calling it heinous and a crime against the entire humanity.

In a press release JIH said, “The secretary general of Jamaat termed it as a heinous crime against the entire humanity and denounced the barbaric killing of innocent peoples. He expressed grief, sympathies and solidarity with the families of the victims and offered sincere condolence to them”.

Jamaat also demanded a “high level impartial investigation which should be carried out in a time bound manner and should result in identifying the real culprits and their motives”.

Indian Muslim Council-USA a US based Indian American Muslims group has also condemned the blasts in Ahmadabad in strongest possible terms. The council in a press release said that it expresses solidarity with the victims.

Rasheed Ahmed, its president in a press release said, “Humanity is the ultimate victim in such acts of mindless violence”. He further stated that “The authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation immediately and refrain from adopting the usual template of blaming Muslim sounding virtual groups whose existence or lack thereof cannot be proven”.

He also called for an impartial inquiry into the blasts saying, “In recent months, authorities have come under intense criticism for their ineffectiveness in conducting honest and transparent probes into blasts that rocked other Indian cities. During the blasts in Hyderabad last year, rather than track the culprits, the police arrested scores of innocent Muslim youths associated with various civil liberties groups in the city. After weeks of harassment and torture, almost all the arrested had to be released on account of lack of evidence”.

JIH’s Nusrat Ali also cautioned the Government and the intelligence agencies that the “innocent peoples should not be harassed and detained unlawfully as it happens in previous such incidents. Objecting strongly to the practice of intelligence agencies of floating certain names without proper investigation. He also said, “Government must look into the real motives of perpetrators of such crimes.” (Reference)

British Indian Muslims have strongly condemned the inhuman series of blasts in Indian cities of Ahmadabad and Bangalore.

“No one with the slightest human feelings will ever stoop so low to take innocent lives like this. The perpetrators are worse than animals, devoid of conscience and human values,” Chairman of Council of Indian Muslims—UK (CIM), Munaf Zeena, said in a statement issued today.

“We reiterate our demand we have made on such tragedies before: the Indian Government has to institute an independent inquiry and bring the coward perpetrators to justice without which the recurrence of such catastrophes can not be stopped. We also urge the Indian government to take strong measures to rope the law enforcement agencies and make them stop their witch hunt. No sooner a tragedy occurs than the harassment and arrests of Muslim youths start taking place, ” Zeena said.

“Our hearts go with the victims and their survivors. May God give them the patience and courage to overcome their losses.

“The progeny of the devil who commit these crimes have no religion and no faith in God. They are simply sadists who get kicks out of the misery of others. Their only aim is to create religious hatred among Indians. They have failed before and will fail again in their devilish mission. We salute the Indians for their wisdom and maturity in foiling the plans of these cowards and hope and pray that they will display the same maturity and dignity now that they have shown before.” (Reference)

NEW DELHI: With the Indian Mujahideen claiming responsibility for the Ahmedabad blasts – its third “success” after the UP court blasts and the Jaipur mayhem – questions are being asked about its pedigree.

Sleuths are wondering whether it is the proscribed Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) or a loose coalition of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, masquerading under a new name.

“There is a strong possibility that it could be SIMI,” said B Raman, a former additional secretary with RAW.

The three strikes claimed by IM reveal the same objective and modus operandi as that of SIMI, he added. Raman, however, doesn’t rule out the existence of a homegrown outfit which had so far managed to skip the radar of the intelligence agencies.

“There may be some elements that did not come to notice in the past,” he said.

Intelligence officials also don’t discount the possibility of Al-Umma, a TN-based outfit that was behind the 1998 Coimbatore blasts, and SIMI forming a pool of dedicated, homegrown terrorists. Al-Umma, also known to have a presence in Bangalore, shares the ideology of SIMI.

The serial blasts in UP courts raised suspicion that IM was nothing but a loose coalition of LeT and JeM that had intimidated the legal fraternity for the lawyers’ unwillingness to represent terror suspects.

However, when serial blasts rocked Jaipur, the sheer scale of the operation hinted at the involvement of local elements that could only be provided by radical outfits like SIMI which has a presence in many states, including Rajasthan.

The outfit behind the Ahmedabad blasts could be the same as that responsible for the Jaipur strikes. But in both Jaipur and Ahmedabad, the serial blasts indicated that the terrorists were local elements who knew the place and easily mingled with the crowd after execution of the deadly act.

“This is a bid to Indianise jihad,” said Raman who sees HuJI opening a permanent base in India. (Reference)

At least 45 people have been killed and scores of others injured in a series of explosions in the city of Ahmedabad in western India, a government official says.

Jaynarayan Vyas, a spokesman for the state government in Gujarat, Ahmadebad, announced the toll after officials said that 16 separate bombs exploded across the city, the commercial capital of Gujarat state, on Saturday.

Indian television channels reported that they had received a claim of responsibility from a little-known group calling itself the “Indian Mujahidin”.

“We have heard of the Indian Mujahidin in an earlier blast but nobody confirmed whether this organisation exists or if it’s a cover up for any other organisation which is creating trouble in India,” Shakeel Ahmed, India’s minister of state for home affairs and spokesperson for the Indian national congress, told Al Jazeera.

“People who want to disrupt the peace of this country are behind these blasts.”

The Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said nine people had died of their injuries overnight, and around 162 others are still being treated for injuries on Sunday.

The blasts on Saturday follow seven almost simultaneous bombings in across the city of Bangalore the previous day, which left at least two people dead.

Multiple blasts
Police said that the first explosion was reported at around 6pm local time (12:30 GMT) on a bridge in Ahmedabad, which saw bloody clashes between Hindus and Muslims in 2002.

Many of the bombs were placed in busy areas of the city, including a railway station and a diamond market.

Some devices were attached to bicycles, while one appeared to have been detonated on a bus.

Officials and medical staff said that many of the injured had been hit by flying nuts, bolts and ball bearings packed into the bombs.

Al Jazeera’s Todd Baer, reporting from New Delhi, said that officials were saying that the blasts were “low-intensity” bombings, similar to those which occured in Bangalore.

Sriprakash Jaiswal, a junior home minister, was critical that the attacks had come despite security being heightened after the Bangalore blasts.

“This is very unfortunate and we are surprised that despite a high security alert sounded yesterday after the bomb attacks in Bangalore, the blasts occurred today in Ahmedabad. We are shocked,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

“It seems there is a lack of co-ordination between [federal] intelligence agencies and people involved in the policing.”

Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, condemned the attack and urged Ahmedabad residents to remain calm, his office in New Delhi said.

Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat state, said: “The land of Mahatma Gandhi has been bloodied by terrorists whom we shall not spare.”

Suspicions
India’s home ministry said that it suspected “a small militant group” was behind the attacks in Bangalore.

“Special squads have been formed to find out who is behind the blasts. We have not got any conclusive leads yet,” MR Pujar, Bangalore’s additional commissioner of police, said on Saturday.

Islamist groups in Pakistan and Bangladesh have been blamed for previous attacks in India.

Ajai Sahni, a security analyst from India’s Institute of Conflict Management, said: “This seems to be within a very long established battle and we have been seeing such blasts in intervals of a few weeks to three months, almost regularly for the past three to four years, somewhere or other in the country.”

“One or a combination of a small group of terrorist organisations is in all probability involved in these blasts as well,” he told Al Jazeera.

“Controlling interests are the same. However, the executing groups may or may not be the same, but the overall umbrella of organisations who are the handlers are basically the same group of Pakistan-based groups backed by the inter-service intelligence of Pakistan.

“All past major incidents that we have seen have pointed to control on Pakistani soil and there is no reason to believe that they are not connected through one single objective,” Sahni said.

In May, eight bombs, many strapped to bicycles, ripped through a crowded shopping area in the western city of Jaipur, killing at least 63 people and injuring hundreds more. (Reference)

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