Islamist militants are blamed for an explosion that killed a child and wounded more than 20 others in Varanasi, India – one of Hinduism’s holiest sites Tuesday evening.
Islamist militants are being blamed for an explosion that killed at least one person and wounded more than 20 others at one of Hinduism’s holiest sites Tuesday evening.
The blast went off during a Hindu ceremony by the river Ganges in Varanasi, an ancient pilgrimage city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at around 6:45 pm. Police were immediately put on high alert in India’s big cities.
Several television channels and newspapers said they had received e-mails from an Islamist militant group, the Indian Mujahadeen (IM), claiming it was behind the blast.
The official investigation is just beginning. But Indian security pundits say the IM is an obvious suspect: The group has carried out a string of bombings in Indian cities, most recently in the southern city of Pune this February. It is linked to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militants who were behind the Mumbai attacks of 2008.