» 08/03/2012, 00.00
Pune blasts, failed terrorist attack
According to Indian officials, design flaws prevented a tragedy. The modus operandi points to the Indian Mujahideen, responsible in the past for other attacks in India. The authorities are questioning the only person wounded in the incident because of possible trips to Jordan or Dubai.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - The serial explosions in Pune were part of a
full-blown terror attack that failed by chance, Maharashtra
authorities said with regard to the five blasts that hit the city's downtown in
the late afternoon two days ago. Indian officials have not blamed any group but
some point to the Indian Mujahideen. Meanwhile, police are still
questioning Dayanand Patil, the only person injured in the blasts to determine
his movements. Police believe he visited either Jordan or Dubai in 2003 and seized
government official said the bombs had a design flaw. A bomb disposal officer
said each bomb contained two or three detonators, and at least five of them did
of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil were found, indicating the possible involvement
of the Indian Mujahideen.
terror group used a similar modus operandi in a series of blasts in Lucknow,
Faizabad and Varanasi in November 2007 and in Jaipur in May 2008.
fact that the bombs were placed on new bicycles, dustbins and polythene bags to
explode in sequence at short intervals also point to the same group.
explosions occurred near Gandharwa theatre, the Dena Bank, a McDonald and Garware
College, considered the Oxford of Asia.
the people of Pune, the event brought back memories of an attack on 13 January
2010 against a well known restaurant that left nine people dead and 60 more wounded.
Bombs in Ahmedabad meant to divide India, says archbishop
Mgr Fernandes slams strategy designed to split Indian society along religious and ethnic lines. But he also stresses the solidarity people showed at the time of the attacks. At least 49 people are killed by the blasts which were set to kill as many people as possible and create as much insecurity as possible.
AsiaNews correspondent in India receives international award
Nirmala Carvalho has been chosen for her articles on the attacks against Christians in Orissa, and on violence against women. The prize has also been awarded to the widow of Hemant Karkare, head of the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra who was killed in the November attacks in Mumbai.
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The terrorist of Pakistani origin was hanged this morning in the Yerawada central prison. He was was buried shortly after. For the head of the Maharahstra government, his execution is a "tribute to the innocent victims", because the Mumbai attacks were "an attack on the entire country." In five days it will be the fourth anniversary of the massacre, which claimed the lives of 166 people.
Christmas in India, amid security alarm and solidarity with Christians of Orissa
In Uttar Pradesh, public celebrations have been canceled for security reasons. The bishops' conference calls upon all the faithful of the country to avoid "ostentation," as a sign of solidarity with the Christians of Orissa and with the victims of the attacks in Mumbai.
Bishop of Orissa: "I have no faith" in the justice of the state
The commissions of inquiry tend to protect those responsible for the attacks, and are not guaranteeing security for witnesses and victims. Today, fundamentalist groups tried to burn a church in Madhya Pradesh. Four seminarians have been beaten and denounced to the police for "forced conversions."
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Beijing's tricks and violence to stop Chinese youth from reaching WYD
Vincenzo Faccioli Pintozzi
The government yesterday blocked a group of 50 young pilgrims who had already boarded a plane bound for Krakow. Interrogated for hours by immigration, they were "admonished" and sent home with orders not to contact anyone abroad. Meanwhile, "young Chinese Catholics" hang around central World Youth Day locations in groups of five or six, with the task of spying on fellow countrymen. They work for cultural institutes or Chinese companies in Poland.
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