Relentless, daily, supremacist Islam. Reuters reports that the military wing of Islam, an al Qaeda-linked group with bases in Pakistan and Bangladesh, proudly claimed credit for the attack.
A powerful bomb placed in a briefcase outside the High Court in New Delhi killed at least 11 people and wounded 76 on Wednesday in an attack authorities said was claimed by a South Asian militant group linked to al Qaeda.
"South Asian" is code for Muslim.
The 2-kg bomb dug a crater three to four feet deep near the main reception counter where passes are issued for lawyers and visitors to enter the sprawling sandstone building before the main security checkpoint.
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 terrorist threat to the city, which had been turned over to the local police. He did not elaborate about the intelligence report and said investigators had not yet identified a suspect in Wednesday’s explosion.