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JAIPUR: Eight serial blasts in a span of 12 minutes rocked the Pink City on Tuesday evening killing at least 60 persons and injuring over 200. The blasts occurred in crowded market areas and near a Hanuman temple in the Walled City.
Indian police blamed terrorists for blasts that killed as many as 60 people in the northern Indian city of Jaipur yesterday in the nation's deadliest terrorist attack in more than a year.
"It is a terrorist plot, it is obvious,'' said A.S. Gill, director-general of police. Harkut-ul Jihad al Islami, a group based in Bangladesh, is suspected of being behind the attack, state-run broadcaster Doordarshan cited unidentified Home Ministry officials as saying.
``There were totally about eight blasts, and most of them were cycle bombs,'' Janga Sriniwas Rao, inspector-general of police and intelligence, said in Jaipur, about 300 kilometers from New Delhi. ``All went off in a matter of minutes.''
Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attacks, the Press Trust of India reported.
"Pakistan condemns all acts of terrorism and reaffirms its firm commitment to fight this scourge together with the international community,'' the newswire cited Gilani as saying.
India says its neighbor is harboring Ibrahim, an accusation that Pakistan denies.
Yesterday's blasts were carried out by terrorists with foreign links, Junior Home Minister Jaiswal said in a televised statement. He declined to elaborate.
Terrorist from Pakistan and Bangladesh are collaborating to carry out attacks in India using the Bangladeshi border as a crossing point, A.K. Mitra, director-general of India's Border Security Force, said in December. India handed Bangladesh a list of 141 militants and criminals it wants detained when the countries held security talks in Dhaka last November.
NEW DELHI: Tuesday's episode of serial blasts in Jaipur bears a close resemblance to the pattern followed by the suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Sankatmochan temple attack in Varanasi on March 7, 2006, the 7/11 Mumbai suburban train blasts and the Malegaon blasts on September 8 the same year.
The jehadis' designs were similar not just in the precision timing but also in their motive to inflict large casualties. Jaipur, Mumbai suburban trains and Varanasi serial blasts — in all of these, the terrorists had planted seven bombs and managed to explode all of them except in the case of Sankatmochan blasts in which four bombs were defused.
"As a precautionary measure we have decided to impose a curfew from 9 am to 6 pm in parts of the city", G C Kataria, Rajasthan's home minister. told IANS.
The medium intensity explosions, the first major terror attack since the serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh in November last year, threw life out of gear in Jaipur and prompted a nation-wide alert to be sounded. Anti-riot police were deployed in some of the crowded areas of the famous 'pink city' to thwart any possible retaliation or riots, and the entire walled city area where the blasts occurred was cordoned off.
Originally posted by The Godfather of Conspira
The fact that this Indian article immediately jumps the gun and blames Pakistan does not surprise me at all.
Pakistan is rocked by a terrorist attack nearly every other day. Half of them don't make the news. They are just as concerned about the Islamic Fundamentalists and radicals operating within in their own borders.
These guys actually have a voice inside Pakistan's political process and they're gaining a lot of support too, that's the scary part.
Pakistan suffers way more from terrorism. Their tribal areas like Waziristan are not even under their authority anymore, this matter is completely beyond their control, they don't decide when and how the Taliban attacks civilians.
Don't be so narrow-minded and hawkish people. Invading Pakistan?
Lol... that's a new one, I don't hear too many Republicans backing that just yet.
Pakistan has been a US ally in combating militants in Afghanistan for years now, where do you think all the Intel America needs on the Afghanis comes from?
I would wait till the conclusive facts are in, rather than assuming Pakistan is at fault.