Terrorist attack on American centre in Kolkata
Police arrested at least 50 suspects in the wake of the incident.india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 21:39 IST
Five policemen were killed and 20 others injured when, on January 22,2002, Islamic militants attacked an American cultural centre in Kolkata in India.
Police arrested at least 50 suspects in the wake of the incident. The government accused its Pakistani counterpart of involvement in the attack.
Eighteen officers, one pedestrian and one private security guard were wounded, said state Home Secretary Amit Kiran Deb. No Americans were injured and no consulate staffers were in the building.
Draped in shawls, four attackers on two motorcycles drove up to the American Center in the heart of populous Calcutta at 6.30 am, shot at officers and fled, said the US Embassy in New Delhi.
The attack comes more than a month after an assault on the Indian Parliament left nine government workers and five attackers dead in New Delhi.
A pool of blood could be seen outside the American Centre. Spent AK-47 bullets littered the street.
On January 28, 2002, two Pakistanis were killed in a shootout with police.
Officials identified the dead men as Mohammed Zahid and Mohammed Salim and said they had confessed to being members of the outlawed Pakistani-based guerilla group, Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Security has been tightened in recent months at the American Embassy in New Delhi, consulate buildings and other offices across the country to prevent possible attacks by Islamic guerrillas.