Jihadists possibly trained in Pakistan or Bangladesh. India bombings update. “India on alert after two days of bombings,” by Alistair Scrutton and Bappa Majumdar for Reuters, July 27 (thanks to Rightist):
NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – India’s major cities were put on high alert on Sunday, with fears of more attacks after at least 40 people were killed in two days of bombings that hit a communally-sensitive western city and a southern IT hub.
At least 16 small bombs exploded in the Indian city of Ahmedabad on Saturday, killing at least 39 people and wounding 110, a day after another set of blasts in Bangalore killed a woman.
A little known group called the “Indian Mujahideen” claimed responsibility for the Ahmedabad attack on Saturday. The same group said it carried out bombs attacks that killed 63 people in the western city of Jaipur in May.
It is unusual for any group to claim responsibility, but India says it suspects militant groups from Pakistan and Bangladesh are behind a wave of bombings in recent years, with targets ranging from mosques and Hindu temples to trains….
Some analysts say there is evidence of local Muslim groups, for years seen as unaffected by the rise of global Islamist militancy, of taking up violence against India, where they are a poor and often neglected minority. They may be getting training and financial backing from Pakistan or Bangladesh.
“Over the last few years, the dissatisfaction among Indian Muslims has hitched onto the wagon of the global/regional jihad,” said C. Uday Bhaskar, a security analyst and former director of New Delhi’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.
“If you have 150 million Muslims in India, only 0.0001 percent of that figure would mean a militant nucleus of 15,000 people.”…