"Indian Mujahedeen" strike New Delhi
Synchronized explosions hit five crowded markets and thoroughfares in New Delhi Sept. 13—including Connaught Place, a tourist destination in the heart of the city. The blasts left 23 dead and over 100 injured. A group called Indian Mujahedeen sent an e-mail message to TV stations minutes before the attacks. "Eye for an eye," said the document, with the image of victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. "The dust will never settle down."
"Our intense, accurate and successive attacks like the one you will see exactly five minutes from now, Inshallah, will continue to punish you even before your earlier wounds have healed," said the e-mail. Terrorist attacks loom large over politics in India as national elections approach. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party criticizes the Congress Party-led coalition government for its failure to prevent bombings. (NYT, Hindustan Times, Sept. 14)