They say they will stand firm against “terrorism,” but whether or not they will stand firm against jihad is an open question. “Deadly Explosion Strikes Courthouse in New Delhi,” by Jim Yardley in the New York Times, September 7:
NEW DELHI “” An explosion ripped through a reception area of an Indian courthouse on Wednesday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 60 others in a bombing that renewed concerns about India’s vulnerability to terrorism. It was the second bombing of the courthouse in less than four months.
Witnesses described a chaotic scene at the Delhi High Court after the blast at 10:14 a.m., outside a reception area used by litigants, lawyers and visitors to enter the courthouse.
“It was in shambles,” said Ajay Mehrotra, a lawyer who witnessed the explosion. “There was total chaos. There was blood. People were running for their lives.”
The Indian home minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, called the explosion a terrorist attack and noted that New Delhi was already in a high state of alert with Parliament in session. Mr. Chidambaram said Indian intelligence agencies had received information in July about a possible terror threat to the city, which had been turned over to local police. He did not elaborate about the intelligence report and said investigators had not yet identified a suspect in Wednesday”s explosion.
“The bomb blast took place just outside the reception center,” Mr. Chidambaram said at a news conference. “It is suspected that the bomb was placed in a briefcase.”
Reuters reported that a militant terrorist group called HuJI, for Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, based largely in Pakistan, and also Bangladesh, had claimed responsibility for the attacks, citing security officials.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speaking to reporters during a visit to Bangladesh, condemned the explosion as “a cowardly act of a terrorist nature.”
“We will deal with it,” he said. “We will never succumb to the pressure of terrorism.”…