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    Bomb Blast in Northeast India Market Kills Eight
    Published: 26/05/2007

    INDIA.- A bomb exploded in a busy market in India's restive northeast Saturday, killing eight people and injuring 19, and authorities said they discovered and defused a large bomb hidden on a crowded passenger train headed for the area.

    A crowded market in the Assamese capital of Guwahati was the latest target of a bombing blamed on separatists. Witnesses say the powerful blast occurred in a commercial and residential district of the city, scattering human remains over a busy road.

    Police say rebels placed a bomb in a three-wheeled auto rickshaw that was parked near a maternity hospital. The rickshaw driver was among the fatalities.

    Some survivors said they were lucky to be alive.

    This witness says he would have died if he had not been shielded behind a gate.

    The police assistant deputy inspector general for Assam, D.B. Kakoti, told reporters at the scene he is certain the bomb was set by the United Liberation Front of Assam, known as ULFA.

    "ULFA is absolutely behind this," he said. "There's no denying the fact that they are behind the blast."

    Following the bombing, angry residents staged a demonstration in a nearby market, expressing their outrage over repeated bombings and demanding that area shops close in protest. They also criticized authorities for poor security in the area, which has been hit by a recent wave of fatal bomb attacks.

    The United News of India reports that ULFA commander Jiten Dutta telephoned area newspapers threatening more bombs in Guwahati within the next several days.

    Analysts say the violence appears timed to disrupt a big Sunday celebration in Assam by the Congress Party, which holds power in the restive state.
    Last edited by Bent_Bladi; 28th May 2007, 01:52.

  • #2
    in Hyderabad...

    Five Killed in Hyderabad, India Mosque Bombing
    Mon, 05/21/2007

    18 May 2007 -- A bomb explosion in a mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad has killed at least five people and wounded more than 25. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi that security was stepped up in other major Indian cities after the blast.

    Authorities say the bomb exploded at the 17th-century Mecca Masjid mosque in Hyderabad just as Friday prayers were drawing to a close. The mosque is located in a congested area of the city.

    As ambulances took the dead and injured to hospitals, angry crowds of Muslims gathered outside the mosque, throwing stones and shouting slogans. Police used baton charges and fired tear gas to disperse the protesters.

    Home Minister Shivraj Patil said two more bombs found at the mosque were defused. He said all the bombs were crude devices.

    Minister Patil says steps are being taken to give medical aid to the wounded people. He says measures are also being taken to maintain peace in the city.

    Hyderabad, which is the capital of the southern Andhra Pradesh state, has a large Muslim population.

    The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajashekar Reddy, appealed for calm in a city where tensions have erupted between Hindus and Muslims in the past.

    "We are all very sorry about the unfortunate incident that took place near the Mecca Masjid. This is an intentional sabotage on the peace and tranquility of the state, and I appeal and take this opportunity to appeal to everyone concerned to show restraint," said Reddy.

    Hyderabad is one of the biggest cities in southern India and one of the country's important information technology hubs.

    Friday's attack was the third bombing in an Indian mosque in more than a year.

    Last September, bombs exploded in a mosque in Malegaon, a city in the western state of Maharashtra, killing more than 30 people. And in April last year, 14 people were injured when two bombs exploded in Delhi's main mosque, the Jama Masjid.

    The attacks are seen as an attempt to raise tensions between India's Hindu majority and Muslim minority population.

    Security was stepped up in major cities - Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore - following Friday's explosions.


    • #3

      Suspect in Hyderabad mosque bombing held

      Hyderabad: Police detained a man yesterday suspected of supplying the explosives used in last week's deadly blast at a mosque in southern India, authorities said.

      The suspect, a Muslim, was the first person picked up by police over the bombing, and word of his detention came as police tightened security around the 17th-century Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad ahead of Friday prayers.

      A bomb went off at the mosque as Friday prayers were ending a week ago, killing 11 people. Five more died after the blast in clashes that erupted between security forces and Muslim protesters, angered by what they said was a lack of police protection.

      The suspect, a 39-year-old kerosene dealer, was nabbed in the western city of Jalna, a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is under way.

      The official offered no further details.

      Worshippers frisked

      Meanwhile, nearly 4,000 police officers backed by armoured vehicles guarded the Masjid to prevent any unrest at the first Friday prayers since the bombing. Police frisked worshippers at the entrance to the mosque compound.

      The prayers went off peacefully, but a scuffle broke out between police officers and worshippers who left the mosque. Protesters threw stones and damaged two motorbikes and one parked car, and police beat them back with wooden batons, said Surender Babu, an additional commissioner of police. There were no injuries, Babu said. "The situation was brought under control quickly. It's normal now," he said.

      Authorities also cleared rocks and loose debris - used last week to pelt officers during the protests - from around the mosque, and banned cell phones because investigators say one may have been used to trigger the bomb.

      Hyderabad, a city of 7 million people - about 40 per cent of them Muslim - has long been plagued by Hindu-Muslim tensions and occasional violence.

      Muslim leaders in Hyderabad have said they do not trust local police to handle the investigation into the bombing, and city authorities on Thursday asked Indian federal investigators to take over the case.

      Second incident

      Last week's bombing was the second at an Indian mosque in the past year.

      On September 8, a mosque in Malegaon, a city in western India, was bombed during a Muslim festival, killing 31 people.

      Authorities arrested students, who belonged to a banned Muslim group, for the attack. The move upset many other Muslims, who believe Hindu nationalists are to blame.

      Apart from the mosque attacks, a series of bombings have hit India in the past year, including the July bombings on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed more than 200 people. Most of the bombings have been blamed on militants based in Pakistan. Relations between Hindus and Muslims have been relatively peaceful, though with sporadic outbreaks of violence, since the bloody partition of the subcontinent.


      • #4
        i don't get why a Muslim would kill Muslims in an old mosque... ???

        Allah yir7amhom ou yi sabbir ahlon


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