Delhi’s tryst with bomb blasts over last 15 years; 3 arrested

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With one more person succumbing to injuries on Thursday, the death toll in the deadly Delhi high court suitcase bomb blast has risen to 12. The blasts rocked the National Capital on Wednesday morning killing 11 on the spot and injuring 91 others. In the meantime, the National Investigation Agency has been able to track down the cyber cafe in Kishtwar district of Jammu from where an email was sent on behalf of HuJI (Harkat-ul Jehadi Islami) claiming the responsibility of the blasts. There have been conflicting reports about the arrests but some reports suggests that the police has arrested three persons in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the case.

The cyber cafe Global Internet Cafe at Malik Market in Kishtwar Khawja is owned by Mehmood Aziz and his brother Khalid Aziz. Both are being questioned and the records of the cyber cafe and the people who visited it on Wednesday is being scanned. HuJI had sent an email to two TV channels demanding repeal of death sentence of 2001 parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The bomb went off at the busy Gate No. 5 of the Delhi high court, barely 300 metres away from the spot where a minor explosion had taken place on May 25, also a Wednesday.

Police officials now say it could have been a test run for this blast.

The investigation has been handed over to a Special NIA team of 20. Based on eyewitness accounts, the police has release sketches of two culprits.

Major Blasts over last 15 years in Delhi

September 7, 2011 – Explosives were placed in a briefcase at the Delhi High Court Gate No. 5 reception. 12 dead, 91 injured. HuJI claimed responsibility for the attack.

May 26, 2011 – A low intensity blast from the parking lot outside gate number 7 of the Delhi High Court. No casualties.

September 19, 2010 – Gunmen on motorbikes shot at a tourist bus outside Jama Masjid in New Delhi, wounding two Taiwanese visitors, weeks before the city hosted Commonwealth Games. Officials blamed it to local gangs and ruled out the involvement of militants.

September 27, 2008- In a local bomb thrown in Mehrauli market three people were killed.

September 13, 2008 – At least five bombs exploded in crowded markets and streets across New Delhi’s heart, killing 26 people and injuring scores more. The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility.

April 14, 2006: In a blast in Jama Masjid 14 injured.

October 29, 2005: In 3 serial blasts in Sarojini Nagar, Paharganj, and Govindpuri more than 59 people killed.

May 22 , 2005: Two bomb blasts in 2 Cinema Halls kill 2 and injure many others.

June 18 , 2000: In a powerful bomb blast near Red Fort, 2 killed.

March 16, 2000: Bomb blast in the crowded Sadar Bazaar. 7 dead.

January 6, 2000: Blast inside a train at the Old Delhi Railway station. 20 injured.

June 3, 1999: 27 injured in blast between Chandni Chowk and Red Fort.

August 31 1998: Bomb blast in the crowded Turkman gate area. 1 killed, 17 injured.

July 14, 1997: 18 die in a powerful bomb blast near Red Fort.

May 23, 1996: 16 killed in another powerful bomb blast in Lajpat Nagar Central Bomb blast.



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