comment by Jerry Gordon
Muslim Jihadis perpetrated another series of coordinated bombing attacks in India. Today, it was a series of bomb explosions in the Western Indian city of Ahmadbad that killed 29 and injured 88 persons. Yesterday it was bombings in the southern Indian city of Bangalore a major technology development center in the Republic that killed two and injured five persons.
Note this comment from the Indian Home Minister in Delhi and the history of recent sectarian violence in Ahmadbad in the state of Gujarat:
- The militants’ attacks are believed to be an attempt to provoke violence between India’s Hindu majority and the Muslim minority.
“Anti-national elements have been trying to create panic among the people of our country. Today’s blasts in Ahmadabad seem to be part of the same strategy,” federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters in New Delhi.
Those fears were amplified by the history of Ahmadabad’s 2002 riots between Muslims and Hindus. That violence killed about 1,000 people, most of them Muslims. It was triggered by a fire that killed 60 passengers on a train packed with Hindu pilgrims. Hindu extremists blamed the deaths on Muslims and rampaged through Muslim neighborhoods, although the cause of the blaze remains unclear.
by R. K. Misra,
AHMADABAD, India - Bombs exploded Saturday near a busy market and a hospital in a western Indian city, killing 29 people and injuring 88 a day after deadly blasts struck the southern technology hub of Bangalore.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility and it was not clear whether the bombings were connected to those a day earlier. But suspicion for both quickly fell on Muslim militants who were blamed for previous attacks, including the 2006 bombings that ripped through Mumbai’s commuter rail network and killed nearly 200.
At least 16 bombs went off Saturday evening in several crowded neighborhoods of Ahmadabad — a crowded and historic city that in 2002 was the scene of some of the worst rioting between India’s Hindu majority and its Muslim minority.
The bombs went off in two separate spates. The first, near a busy market, left some of the dead sprawled beside stands piled high. (Continued Reading this Article)