Terrorists stuck New Delhi this Saturday evening. Five bombs went off, within minutes of each other, in some of the most heavily frequented markets in the city. Three other bombs were successfully defused by the authorities. Over 18 people have been killed and over 90 have been injured.
I spent three decades of my life in New Delhi. It pains me tremendously to see some of my favorite places being bombed by terrorists. On behalf of myself and all liberty-loving people of the United States, I offer solemn prayers and solidarity to the families of those killed and hurt.
These blasts follow similar serial blasts in other major cities of India including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur and others. An outfit by the name of 'Indian Mujahideen' has taken responsibility for this attack, as well as for the previous attacks. The real nature of this outfit, and who supports them from within the country or outside the borders, has not yet been established.
This is sure to fuel urgency into the need to invest even more attention and resources to tackle the scourge of terrorism in India. No city of India is immune from these attacks that kill innocent civilians. Indian authorities have asked people to stay calm and avoid panic, as creating panic is the goal of the terrorists. These are low-tech locally made bombs that have been hidden in garbage cans and similar places in the markets, and then detonated simultaneously through timers. There is only so much one can do to prevent such attacks without clamping down heavily on unhindered movement in a free society. Everyone just needs to be much more vigilant though.
You can catch more details at http://www.hindustantimes.com/