Islamic Terrorism in India

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Serial blasts in Assam 71 killed, 470 injured, Bangladeshi Islamic terrorists (HUJI) suspected

Posted by jagoindia on October 31, 2008

61 killed, 470 injured in serial blasts in Assam

Guwahati, Oct 30 (PTI) At least 61 people were killed and about 470 injured in 13 near-simultaneous blasts in Guwahati and three other towns today in the deadliest attacks in Assam by suspected HuJI militants.
The first of the explosions went off at around 11.30 AM near the Ganeshguri flyover near the high-security capital complex housing the Assembly building, followed by explosions at Paltan Bazar and Fancy Bazar here.

Around the same time, bombs also went off in crowded market places of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts in lower Assam.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi put the toll at 61 dead and 470 injured. Of the six blasts in Guwahati, RDX was used in two of the explosions, he said adding a special task force has been set up to unearth the conspiracy behind the blasts.

Black smoke billowed from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office housing the district courts, which bore the brunt of the attacks in Guwahati, as vehicles, including a number of cars, turned into mangled heaps of metal.

Police suspected that the bomb was planted in the court complex on a two-wheeler.

At least 26 people were killed in the blasts in Guwahati where an indefinite curfew was clamped following protests by residents, who accused the police of delayed action, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah said.

While 21 were killed in Kokrajhar, 14 died in Barpeta Five people were injured in Bongaigaon, Principal Secretary (Home) Subhash Das told PTI. PTI
Assam blasts toll rises to 71, dozen suspects held
Friday, 31 October , 2008, 10:13 

Guwahati: The death toll in the serial bombings in Assam rose to 71 with seven more people succumbing to their injuries overnight, even as a dozen suspects were picked up for interrogation from various parts of the state, officials said on Friday.

“Seven more injured people died overnight in various hospitals across Assam taking the toll to 71,” an Assam government spokesman said.

Police meanwhile picked up about a dozen suspects for interrogation.

“We are making good headway in our investigations and should be able to zero in on the people or groups involved in the serial bombings,” said a senior Assam police official requesting anonymity.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil is scheduled to arrive in Guwahati later on Friday to take stock of the situation.

It was a black Thursday for Assam as the state was rocked by a wave of bombings – 12 blasts in quick succession – six in Guwahati, and six in the three western districts of Barpeta, Kokrajhar, and Bongaigaon.

Sixty-four were killed on Thursday in the bombings that also left more than 300 wounded, at least 70 of them critically.

“The injured are being treated at various hospitals and if required we shall shift some of the victims to Delhi or other places for advanced treatment,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

ULFA denies role in Assam blasts
While there was anger in the eyes of the people, police investigators were trying to piece together evidence from the blast sites.

“We cannot comment on anything now,” said a National Security Guards (NSG) detective in Guwahati.

A seven-member elite NSG team arrived on Thursday evening to help in the investigations.

“We are determined to fight back terror and ensure security to the people of Assam,” said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Govt suspects HuJI-Ulfa set off Assam blasts
31 Oct 2008, 0215 hrs IST, Prabin Kalita, Manas Paul & Nirmalya Banerjee, TNN
GUWAHATI/AGARTALA/KOLKATA: Thursday’s serial blasts in Assam have strengthened intelligence agencies’ suspicion that jihadis — especially  Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami (HuJI) — are increasingly using northeast-based terror outfits to carry out attacks in the region.

“We had information that HuJI-Bangladesh was using northeast underground bases in Bangladesh to trigger blasts. In Agartala, they used All Tripura Tiger Force and we have suspicion that in Assam they used Ulfa,” said an intelligence officer.

Assam police, too, aren’t naming Ulfa as the sole suspect, they eyes are on HuJI. The Assam government has reports about Ulfa and jihadi elements planning strikes, either jointly or independently, said CM Tarun Gogoi on Thursday.

According to a senior Army officer in Kolkata, the blasts could have been set off by HuJI-B with the help of Ulfa’s 709 Battalion, based in Lower Assam. Ulfa had been lying low for some time, but it has an axe to grind since two companies of its 28 Battalion based in Upper Assam decided to opt for talks with the government. “A major incident will help them establish Ulfa as still a potent force and unite its various divisions.”

Ulfa has denied its involvement in the blasts. “We have sympathies for the dead and the injured,” Ulfa ‘lieutenant’ Anjan Barthakur said in a statement in Guwahati, adding that it was the “handiwork of security forces to divert attention from the (alleged) rape at Rowta in Udalguri”.

Intelligence sources say Ulfa, KLO and ATTF — all are now based in Bangladesh — have been working as natural allies in their ‘fight against Indian authorities’. In late 2000, they started building relations with HuJI-B. Ulfa has developed contacts with some newly-formed Islamic fundamentalist outfits in Assam as well.

One of them, Muslim United Liberation Front of Asom, is used to smuggle arms from Bangladesh. There were also reports that HuJI-B had developed a nexus with Manipur outfits like PREPAK and were trying to develop contacts with PLA and UNLF also.

HuJI-B’s nexus with northeast rebels was forged at the instance of ISI which used its links in Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladeshi Army intelligence DGFI, said an official with a central intelligence agency. “HuJI-B had been using northeast as their corridor to other parts of the country. They have set up sleeper cells and modules in many areas, but to carry out field operations they take help from local terror outfits, which they got with support from ISI and DGFI,” he said.  End

Guwahati was on jehadi priority list for long: Police

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Fri, Oct 31 10:15 AM

As a series of explosions rocked Assam on Thursday, the Assam police pointed the finger of suspicion at jehadi groups, with Special Branch IGP Khagen Sharma saying there were intelligence reports that Guwahati always figured on the ‘priority list’ of these groups.

“Our main suspicion is on the jehadi elements. We do not have any definite and immediate clues about the involvement of HuJI, but you never know,” Sharma said.

He also did not rule out the involvement of local groups. “But the fact remains that the primary aim is to spread terror. That is why they have struck simultaneously and in different towns apart from the state capital,” Sharma said.

Last month, security forces had gunned down seven suspected jehadis in Dhurbi district close to the Indo-Bangla border. The Assam Police had stated that several small groups of jehadis had entered Assam from Bangladesh and Guwahati was one of the most important targets that they had apparently fixed.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who briefed the media later in the evening, did not have anything specific to say except denying that there was any intelligence failure in the state. “We had inputs about such blasts in Guwahati. But we did not anticipate such a serious attack,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi said the government had inputs about terrorists planning to attack Guwahati during Durga Puja and Diwali. “I am not pinpointing any group at the moment. A special task force is being constituted to go deep into the incident,” he said.

Guwahati’s first encounter with foreign terror operatives was almost a decade ago. The Assam Police arrested four Islamic terrorists in the heart of the state capital, two of whom were Pakistani nationals -Md Fasiullah Hussaini of Hyderabad (Sind) and Md Javed Waqar of Karachi-in August 1999. Both of them are top activists of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Nine years after they were arrested, all four were released by a sessions court here on June 11 due to lack of “solid evidence”. Billal Miyan, a Bangladeshi national arrested in West Bengal, was also released along with them. End

This may be unrelated, but it gives a clue to those involved in such atrocities.
Bomb found, 1 held at Tezpur
 TEZPUR, Oct 30 – Acting on a tip of Army personnel of 4 Corp here recovered a bomb from the residence of one Ajijur Rahman (26) of Goroimari–Salanibari area this afternoon. According to sources, the Army along with police personnel conducted a search operation at Rahman’s residence and recovered the bomb which was kept in a cow-shed. Meanwhile, police arrested the owner of the house Ajijur Rahman.

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