Sunday, October 30, 2005


From Bloomberg:

India's capital New Delhi was rocked by three explosions that killed at least 41 people and injured hundreds in crowded market places as people shopped for the main Hindu festival of Diwali and the Muslim festival of Eid.

The death toll is likely to rise, Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters in New Delhi today. Television channels such as NDTV 24x7 have put the toll as high as 65. The home minister said at least 50 people had been injured.

The blasts left men, women and children with burns, bruises and broken limbs as they tried to escape, eyewitnesses said on television channels. Patil said he wasn't in a position to say who was responsible for the attacks. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Once again, make sure to read the whole article for context and background.


Update: The Times is reporting that responsibility has been claimed:

A day after a synchronized string of bombs tore through packed holiday-season markets in the Indian capital, killing 59 people, a little-known militant outfit in the disputed Kashmir province took responsibility today, and the police asserted that investigations remained inconclusive.

As the city's shopping centers crept back to a cautious normalcy, a man called the Kashmir News Service, to say that his group, which he identified as Inquilabi, or Revolutionary, had carried out the bombings.

The Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police, Karnail Singh, told reporters that the lead was being investigated. The police official gave a slightly different name of the organization: Islamic Inquilabi Mahaz, or Islamic Revolutionary Group, and said it was linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistan-based militant organization responsible for several attacks in India.

I'll have more as more information comes out.

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