Indian police seek Islamic militants
20 killed in market bombing
Indian police hunted Sunday for Muslim militants behind co-ordinated bomb attacks against busy shopping areas in the nation’s capital that left 20 dead and close to 100 injured.
The blasts on Saturday evening struck five crowded areas of New Delhi within 45 minutes, and were claimed by a group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen.
A further three bombs, also placed in crowded areas of the capital, were found and defused, Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told AFP.
One had been placed at India Gate, one of the country’s most iconic monuments and a major tourist attraction in the heart of Delhi.
“We have very vital clues, positive clues, we are very hopeful we will solve this case,” he said, confirming the latest toll at 20 dead and 98 injured.
“Several people” are being questioned, he said, declining to confirm media reports that 10 people had been detained in overnight raids.
The bombs were of varying intensity and the targeted locations in middle-class south and central Delhi were all packed with evening shoppers.
Premier Manmohan Singh Sunday visited the injured in hospital, and the federal government held a top-level meeting on security. Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta told reporters that “urgent measures” were discussed.
“We have discussed various measures that may be needed not only in Delhi but other major cities,” he said.