Sunday, July 27, 2008
Indian leaders appealed for calm and placed the country on high alert this morning after multiple bombings killed at least 45 people yesterday in the western city of Ahmedabad, the scene of deadly Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.
The 16 bombs targeting markets, buses and hospitals in the capital of Gujarat state came a day after eight almost simultaneous blasts left two dead in the city of Bangalore, India’s information technology capital.
More than 100 people were injured in Ahmedabad while about 15 were wounded in Bangalore, the capital of the southern state of Karnataka.
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No one has claimed responsibility for the Bangalore bombs, but an Islamist group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen emailed several Indian television channels to say it carried out the attacks on Ahmedabad in revenge for the 2002 riots.
The group was almost unheard of until it claimed responsibility for another attack in May that killed at least 63 people in the city of Jaipur, a popular tourist destination and the capital of the western state of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka are all governed by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which has long been accused of discriminating against India’s estimated 151 million Muslims.
This article was posted: Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 8:22 am