In an incident apparently intended to cause terror ahead of Commonwealth Games, two unidentified motorcycle-borne attackers on Sunday shot and injured two Taiwanese nationals outside the Jama Masjid in New Delhi which was
followed by a crude pressure cooker bomb blast in a car in the same area.
Delhi Police appeared to be ruling out the role of any organised terror group but intelligence experts said it could
be a handiwork of outlawed Indian Mujahideen, which was behind a series of blasts in several cities, including Delhi and
The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to PTI and some other news organisations and threatened terror strikes during the Games.
A red alert was sounded across the capital after the incident in which the two bikers, wearing raincoats and helmets, fired 7-8 rounds on the stationary vehicle adjacent to Gate No 3 of the mosque and 100 metres away from the house
of Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari at 11.10 am.
Police have detained one person for questioning in connection with the case. The two injured -- Cesewein (27) and Cinglo (28) -- were rushed to the nearby government Lok Nayak Jaiprakash Narayan Hospital, a senior police official said.
Cesewein (27) had a miraculous escape as the bullet grazed his head while Cinglo (28) was hit in right abdomen. The injured were part of a five-member group of tourists who work with a television channel in Taiwan and were
in the capital since yesterday. They were to leave for Jaipur on Tuesday and then visit Agra and return to the capital on
September 27 to take a flight back to Taiwan.
Karnal Singh, Joint Commissioner (Northern Range), told reporters that the four cartridges recovered from the spot showed that the weapon used could be .38 calibre revolver.
But the rounds of fire recovered were also of 9 mm, which can be used in pistol or carbine, he said refusing to hazard a guess on the motive of the attackers.
"We are looking into all angles and we cannot jump to conclusions. It appears to be done to create panic," he said. "A red alert has been sounded and we are conducting checks at various points. We are confident of nabbing the culprits soon," he said.
Nearly two hours after the firing incident, a car went up in flames when a "crudely-circuited" pressure cooker bomb
exploded about 50 metres away from the spot where the firing incident took place.
"The car went up in flames due to a crudely-circuited pressure cooker bomb," a senior police official said.
Investigators suspect the involvement of a "group of disgruntled youth or local criminals" who wanted to create a
scare in the area.