Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Terror Strikes Jaipur India

At least 35 people were killed in Jaipur in a series of bomb blasts:
At least 35 people were killed and nearly 100 injured as terrorists blew off seven powerful bomb blasts at crowded markets including one near a temple in Jaipur, Rajastha on Tuesday evening.

The serial bomb blast triggered panic amongst the worshippers, shoppers and ran helter-skelter for safety, which triggered a stampede in the affected areas in the walled city.

Six women have also been reportedly killed in this blast. It is for the first time that the Pink City is coming under terror radar.

Scores of wounded people have been shifted to several hospitals soon after the low-intensity blasts hit at Tripolia Bazar, where large number of devotees turned up at a Hanuman temple, Johari Bazar, Manas Chowk, Badi Choupal and Choti Choupal in the walled part of the city.
Hot Air is covering the story and suggests that this might have al Qaeda fingerprints on it.

60+ dead 150+ injured, and the number of blasts has increased to seven. An eighth bomb was diffused before it could detonate. The blasts all occurred within 12 minutes of each other.

A banned terror group, the Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HuJI), operating from Bangladesh, is believed to be behind the attacks. Hot Air also updates and notes that the city and state have been sealed by the military.

The BBC has video of the scene at one of the bomb blasts. It also reports that this is the deadliest terror attack in India since August 2007. One of the blasts occurred near the historic Hawa Mahal, or palace of winds.

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