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Third time unlucky: Capital caught in 13th jinx yet again

Karn Pratap Singh and Jatin Anand, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2012
First Published: 00:23 IST(14/2/2012) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(14/2/2012)

The Capital had its date with the devil on 'his own day' throughout the world.

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February the 13, a normal working day on the face of it, turned into another successful day for terror in another Indian city.

Every blast, right from the serial bomb blasts that rocked the city in September  2008, to the Mumbai's serial carnage in July last year and even the German Bakery Blast that occurred in Pune the year before, have one thing in common - these were all executed on the 13th day of a month.

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"Other cities aside, this is the third time that the 13 has turned out unlucky for the city. The first time this happened was as long back as in 2001 when armed gunmen stormed the Parliament on December 13," said a senior police officer.

Though investigators are still clueless about the identity of the planter and the organisation to which he may belong, the date itself suggests the attack to be the handiwork of the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

Sources said around 40 IM operatives are currently active across at least five Indian cities. Meanwhile, the kind of device which was stuck onto the Israeli diplomat's official vehicle, sources said, has never been used in any attack perpetrated on any Indian city.

"However, such magnet-based 'sticky bombs' are routinely used by Naxalites to destroy police and security force convoys in the Red Corridor," said the officer.

This is also the first time that the explosive device was intended to harm a single target - the diplomat's official vehicle, and not wreak havoc on a larger and random scale as in the serial blasts in 2005, 2008 and the High Court blast on September 7 last year.


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