I woke up this morning to news of another spate of terrorist bombings in India, this time in Jaipur. News reports are coming in as I type. Seven blasts were reported with bombs detonated at Tripolia Bazar, the Hindu Hanuman temple, Johari Bazar, Manas Chowk, Badi Choupal and Choti Choupal in the old walled part of the city.
At this point, 75 people are dead. The death toll is expected to rise as more hospitals disclose casualties. Rohit Singh, the spokesman for Rajasthan state, has encouraged calm.
The NYT reports:
Mr. Singh, speaking by telephone from Jaipur, said it was too early to say who was responsible, but that the attack appeared to be intended to incited religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims. Similar terror attacks on religious sites in recent years have not succeeded in setting off sectarian violence. The Hindu holy city of Varanasi was struck by a pair of bombings in March, 2006, killing 14, and a blast killed two worshippers in one of the holiest Muslim shrines in Ajmer, also in Rajasthan, last September.
At this point no organization has claimed responsibility but the attack comes two days after another terrorist attack in Kashmir. However, The Hindu newspaper claims the:
Banned Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islamia (HuJI), operating from Bangladesh, is believed to be behind the serial blasts that rocked the tourist city of Jaipur…Though baffled by the attack as Jaipur was not on the terror radar, sources said the tell-tale signs of the blasts indicate HuJI’s hand. The blasts showed that HuJI, which is being mainly run from Bangladesh, has managed to establish cells in Rajasthan and that the outfit was responsible for previous major terror attacks including the New Year eve attack on CRPF camp in Rampur and serial blasts in three other places in Uttar Pradesh.