Saturday, July 26, 2008

Ahmadabad Blasts

After Banglore blasts yesterday terror struck Gujarat capital Ahmadabad today when 17 serial bomb blasts ripped across the city tonight leaving 38 dead and over 100 injured sending a wave of panic. The old method of blasts using bicycles and tiffins were used. Both the states have BJP governments.

The Ahmadabad blasts were synchronised explosions which took place in the space of 90 minutes in the eastern and western areas after the first blast hit Maninagar at 6.45 pm . There were two blasts each in Maninagar--the constituency of Chief Minister Narendra Modi--and in Sarkej targetting a state transport CNG bus and Sangam theatre.

Significantly two hospitals were also the target of attack.

Mangled remains of a bus, cycles, motorcycles and an autorickshaw were seen at the blast sites which was splattered with blood and panic spread as people ran for their lives.

Doctors at Vadilal Sarabhai hospital said 12 people died while there were several seriously injured persons receiving treatment.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has convened a high level meeting tomorrow morning to review the security situation throughout the country.

Additional forces and expert teams have been sent to Gujarat to aid the police force and the state government. Union home secratary Gupta also said while there were no specific intelligent inputs, all states had been alerted a couple of days ago. “We sent an advisory to various states and the in the next few days, I will call another meeting of all state DGs to discuss what it means,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Shakeel Ahmed also expressed shock. "We are surprised and shocked. Yesterday, it was Banglore. Today it is Ahmedabad. This happened even after the government of India issued high alerts to all sensitive states. We condemn the blast," he said.

"If they need any assistance, the government of India will provide it," Ahmed said. Asked about the claims of Indian Mujahiddin, a recently formed terror outfit, about triggering off the blasts, the minister said a report was pending. "We will give a detailed report after analyzing the state government's report. Let the state government report come first,” he said.

Ahmadabad bomb blasts coming just a day after Bangalore blasts indicates the motives and the wide spread net of terror organizations in India. Spreading terror and creating panic across the country the Ahmadabad bomb blasts are a clear attack on the countries financial centers.
Terrorist organizations Huji-Lashkar have claimed the responsibility for the blasts. After todays bomb blasts in Ahmadabad the whole country has been put on high alert.

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