Islamist Attacks Rock India

A series of bombing attacks in two major cities in India has been caused by members of a group who call themselves the “Indian Mujahedeen.” At least 29 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in m ore than a dozen co-ordinated bomb attacks in the western Indian city of Amedabad. The series of 16 bombings targeted many buildings including hospitals and the bombs were packed with nuts, bolts and ball bearings to maximize death and destruction. Ahmedabad is the capital of the Hindu nationalist-ruled state of Gujarat where thousands of Muslims in 2002 were killed by angry mobs of Hindus.

The bombs were detonated with timer devices and all went off in a space of 36 minutes with at least four directed at medical facilities. Pakistan immediately denied any connection with these Muslim terrorists but the bombings are expected to hinder attempts to develop peaceful relations between India and Pakistan.

There is fear of a Hindu reaction which would be directed at Muslims just as the 2002 murders occurred. If so, it would most probably end diplomatic discussions between India and Pakistan.