Smokescreen? Now IM claims Delhi bomb blast
A day after Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami claimed responsibilty for the Delhi high court blast that killed 12 and injured 76, another alleged terror group has owned up. In an email, group claiming itself to be Indian Mujahideen, has claimed that it was behind the blast. Stavan Desai reports. Read unverified email by 'IM'delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2011 20:06 IST
More than 26 hours after 12 people were killed and more than 75 injured in a bomb blast at the Delhi high court, security agencies received an email from the alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative claiming responsibility for the attack and threatening more attacks.
“Ise humne yani Indian Mujahideen ne anjam diya hai (This [bomb blast] has been executed by us, the India Mujahideen),” the email said.
Today’s email, whose sender identifies himself as Chotoo, refutes contents of another email, sent to media houses minutes after the blast, allegedly by Harkat ul-Jihadi al-Islami (HuJI) claiming responsibility for the blast. It claims that HuJI cannot have executed the blast because the IM had long planned to carry out a bomb blast at the Delhi high court. The email also claims that the IM had planned the bomb blast for a Wednesday and that “HuJI is remotely not involved”.
The Delhi high court hears public interest litigations on Wednesday and therefore the number of visitors are highest on this day.
The mail, sent from the email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, threatens more blasts and claims that the next bomb blast will be carried out outside a shopping mall on Tuesday next week.
The email also dares the security agencies to stop the IM members from carrying out their next attack.
The Indian Mujahideen is described by global intelligence firm Stratfor as "a relatively amateurish group that's been able to carry out low to medium intensity attacks." Read unverified email by 'IM'
While its members are mostly local Muslims, the group is suspected of having been trained and backed by militant groups in neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The group first emerged during a wave of bombings in north India in 2007. They have since claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in the cities of Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New Delhi.
The last attack they claimed was in 2010 in the western city of Pune, where a bomb blast at a tourist spot killed nine people.
Police say the Indian Mujahideen may also include former members of Bangladeshi militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami.
The demands of the Indian Mujahideen, like their targets, have tended to be domestic. The group has declared "open war against India," accusing the Indian army of killing Muslims in Kashmir and also directing its ire at the Mumbai police anti-terrorist squad, accusing them of harassing Muslims.