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Old 10-29-05, 10:58 AM
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Terrorist attacks in New Delhi, India

Though not confirmed, I'll go ahead and title this with the terrorist title. Seems likely enough.

MB<Blasts in New Delhi kill 33
Terrorists blamed for pre-festival marketplace attacks</B>

Saturday, October 29, 2005; Posted: 11:40 a.m. EDT (15:40 GMT)

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- <B>A string of explosions ripped through New Delhi Saturday evening within minutes of each other, killing at least 33 people -- most of them at a marketplace crowded with thousands of people</B> getting ready for India's festival of lights, the state of Delhi's chief minister Sheila Dikshit told CNN.

"It's a very sad day for all of us because Delhi is celebrating a festive season," she said.

<B>While it is not clear what caused the blasts, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's office said there is no doubt they were the work of terrorists.

"This kind of cynical attack on the people of India is just not acceptable," </B>Singh's media adviser, Dr. Sanjay Baru, told CNN.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Authorities reported explosions at <B>three locations</B>, and the reported deaths happened at two marketplaces, Dikshit said. It was not clear where the third blast detonated.

Dikshit said at least 31 people died at one marketplace and two others at another marketplace, both packed with people preparing for the Hindu holiday of Diwali, India's largest festival.

The blasts triggered fears throughout the capital, shattering some of the festive atmosphere that precedes Diwali.

Authorities are urging people not to panic and to stay away from crowded areas.

Video from one scene showed a damaged area of a popular market, with debris strewn about and shops gutted from the force of the blasts. Dozens of officers were on the scene responding to the blast.

CNN's Satinder Bindra, at the site of one of the marketplace blasts in central Delhi, said many women and children sustained serious injuries.

<B>Fireworks are often set off in advance of Diwali, so many people who heard the blasts initially thought they were firecrackers.</B>

Indian authorities had issued some warnings in advance of Diwali, saying people should beware of the possibility of violence. Such warnings have become standard in recent years, and there were no warnings of specific attacks being planned.

<B>While Indian authorities are blaming terrorists for Saturday's attack, they are not saying if a particular group is believed to be responsible.</B>

Delhi was the site of a deadly parliament attack in December 2001, blamed on Islamic militant groups backed by Pakistan, although Hindu-Muslim tensions are normally centered in the disputed region of Kashmir.
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Terrorists + Fireworks = TerrorWorks.
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Me think it's probable separatists from Kashmir.
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Me think it's probable separatists from Kashmir.
That's what THEY want you to think.
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Kashmir militants claim Delhi blasts

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An obscure Kashmiri militant group claimed responsibility on Sunday for bomb blasts in India's capital which killed at least 59 people, but analysts said it was probably a front for a larger Pakistan-based group.

New Delhi has so far refused to speculate on who was behind Saturday's triple blasts, but security experts see the hand of Lashkar-e-Taiba (Force of the Pure) behind the attacks, in an attempt to derail the peace process between India and Pakistan.

The explosions took place within half an hour in markets packed with shoppers just days before major Hindu and Muslim festivals. Many of the victims were women and children.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed terrorists, but said it was too early to say who was behind the attacks.

On Sunday, the Islami Inqilabi Mahaz (Islamic Revolutionary Group), telephoned local newspapers in Indian Kashmir to claim responsibility for the blasts and warn of more to come.

Delhi Police said they were checking the claim.

"This is a very old organization, it was formed in 1996 and has not been very active recently. They are linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba," Joint Commissioner of Police Karnal Singh told a news conference.

Singh denied local media reports that police had detained 20 people. "We have only questioned some people during investigations. We will crack this soon," he said, adding that the death toll stood at 59 while 210 were wounded.

Investigators were working on several leads but they could not be made public, Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil said after a cabinet meeting.

Rohan Gunaratna, a Singapore-based expert on terrorism, said the blasts were almost certainly carried out by groups from the subcontinent but inspired by the methods of al Qaeda.

"It is very likely the attacks were meant to affect the peace process between Pakistan and India," he said.


But Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said militants could not drive a wedge in the peace moves.

"The government of Pakistan and government of India and the whole world want that both nations should be friendly and solve their problems peacefully and amicably," Ahmed told India's NDTV news channel.

The blasts came as Indian and Pakistani officials meeting in Islamabad agreed to open their Kashmir frontier to help victims of this month's devastating earthquake, the latest step in a peace process opposed by Kashmiri separatists.

India has blamed previous attacks on Pakistan-based militants. But the country is also racked by scores of revolts and in May two blasts blamed on Sikh separatists killed one person and wounded dozens in Delhi.

Delhi's chief minister appealed for people to stay away from public areas for the next few days ahead of the major Hindu celebration of Diwali, or the festival of lights, on Tuesday and the Islamic Eid al-Fitr a few days later.

The markets where the blasts occurred opened on Sunday but were almost empty.

There were scares at two fairs in the city of 14 million on Sunday after an unattended bag was found and information was received about a bomb at another. The schools where the fairs were being held were searched, but no bombs found.

Elsewhere, extra armed police manned new barricades on the streets and the turnout at some temples and mosques was lower than normal on a cool, clear autumn day.

"There is some sense of fear, obviously," said 40-year-old resident Mohammad Salim.


But the scene at India Gate, a monument in the heart of New Delhi, was like any other holiday. Dozens of teenagers played cricket on the lawns, and domestic and foreign tourists were walking around and taking photographs.

Hawkers and ice cream sellers were doing brisk business.

"It is a sad event but life has to go on," said Meenakshi Dutta, a tourist from Kolkata.

The attacks were also not seen hurting stock markets.

"The blasts are negative but I don't see a major fall in stocks ... as the market has already been through a tailspin in the past few sessions," said Arun Kejriwal, strategist at Mumbai research firm KRIS.

Pakistan, the United Nations, the United States and other countries condemned the attacks.
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