Friday, October 31, 2008

Islamists Suspected For Terrorist Attacks In Assam State Of India

An ambulance and a fire engine are set on fire by an angry crowd at a blast site in Guwahati, the main city of India's troubled northeastern Assam state, October 30, 2008.
(Utpal Baruah/Reuters)

India Suspects Islamists, Separatists In
Assam Attack -- Yahoo News/Reuters

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – Indian authorities suspect that Islamist groups in collusion with separatist militants carried out coordinated bomb blasts in the Assam state that killed 77 people and wounded more than 320.

Separatist movements have riddled India's remote northeast for decades, but the level of sophistication and precision of Thursday's bombings also echo similar blasts across India over the past year which have been blamed on Islamist groups.

Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI) is one of the main suspects in Thursday's attack. Police say the Islamist group could have sought to avenge attacks on Muslim settlers by indigenous tribes that killed at least 47 people last month.

"Our initial investigation points that these attacks were carried out by jihadi forces with the help of local militant groups," Khagen Sharma, inspector general of police in Assam and chief Assam's intelligence services, told Reuters.

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My Comment: India's security forces are probably right. Now they have to catch those who are responsible for this monstrosity.

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