At least 38 were killed and over 100 injured in coordinated bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, in western India, just a day after eight bombings in the southern IT centre of Bangalore on Friday.
At least 16 small bombs exploded in the Indian city of
A little known group called the "Indian Mujahideen" claimed responsibility for the Ahmedabad attack on Saturday. The same group said it carried out bombs attacks that killed 63 people in the western city of
It is unusual for any group to claim responsibility, but
"The entire nation, including major metro cities in
There were two separate series of bombings in Ahmedadad, the first near busy market places. A second quick succession of bombs went off 20 to 25 minutes later around a hospital, where at least six people died, police said. All were detonated with timers.
"I came with my two children to cheer up my mother admitted to hospital," said Pankaj Patel, whose son Rohan and daughter Pratha were killed at Ahmedadad hospital. "They were laughing when the blast occurred. Now they are dead."
Two doctors were killed in the hospital in a blast in which at least one bomb was tied onto a gas cylinder. Charred motorcycles and bicycles were shown outside. TV showed victims writhing in pain and covered in blood on hospital floors.
The other bombs were in Ahmedabad's crowded old city dominated by its Muslim community. Many were packed into metal tiffin boxes, used to carry food, and packed with ball-bearings. Some were left on bicycles.
Police found three other unexploded bombs in Ahmedabad on Sunday, local media said.
Ahmedabad is the main city in the communally sensitive and relatively wealthy western state of
Both Ahmedabad and
Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi is one of
Some analysts say there is evidence of local Muslim groups, for years seen as unaffected by the rise of global Islamist militancy, of taking up violence against
"Over the last few years, the dissatisfaction among Indian Muslims has hitched onto the wagon of the global/regional jihad," said C. Uday Bhaskar, a security analyst and former director of
"If you have 150 million Muslims in
Police raided one house in Mumbai where they believe e-mails from the Indian Mujahideen were linked, local media reported.
Some IT companies in
The city is a prominent software development centre and is also home to a major outsourcing industry.
Date created : 2008-07-27