Suspected Islamic terrorists kill police in Hyderabad
Posted by jagoindia on May 20, 2009
Ashok Das, Hindustan Times
Hyderabad, May 19, 2009
A police constable was killed and another grievously injured when two suspected terrorists attacked a police picket near Falaknuma in the Old City area of Hyderabad on Monday evening. The attack coincided with the second anniversary of Mecca Masjid blasts in which 14 people were killed.
The police found a pamphlet written in Urdu from the crime scene. The pamphlet bore the signature of Tehrik-e-Galba Islami’s (TeGI) Fasiuddin. Nothing has been heard about this outfit before this attack.
In the pamphlet, Faisuddin claimed responsibility for the attacks saying, “We are avenging the killing of innocent Muslims in the police firing, subsequent to the bomb blasts in Mecca Masjid.” Five persons died in the firing after the blasts.
May 18th, 2009 by IANS
Hyderabad, May 18 (IANS) In a suspected terror attack, a home guard was killed and a policeman injured Monday when unidentified men opened fire here, police said.
Two unidentified men opened fire at the security men posted at a picket in Faluknama area of the old city of Hyderabad.
Quoting eye witnesses, police said the two men came on a motorbike around 4.30 p.m and opened fire. The attackers escaped after the shooting.
The policemen were rushed to Osmania General Hospital where home guard Balaswamy was declared dead. The 26-year-old had been hit in the head by a bullet. Police constable Rajender Prasad was stated to be in critical condition.
Immediately after the attack, police sounded a high alert in the city and began checking vehicles and frisking of suspects in different areas.
The attack took place on the day that marks the second anniversary of the bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid.
Nine people were killed in the blast during Friday prayers at the mosque May 18, 2007. Five people were killed in the subsequent police firing on a mob outside the mosque.
Hyderabad police commissioner B. Prasada Rao told reporters that the attackers opened fire from a pistol.
“We will not be able to say anything unless we complete the investigations,” he said when asked if the attack was related to the mosque blast.
However, some police officials suspect it to be the handiwork of suspected terrorists to target policemen.
In a similar attack Dec 3 last year, two policemen were injured. The incident had taken place when a suspected extremist opened fire while the policeman were trying to arrest Viqaruddin, a former activist of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
One of the two men accompanying Viqaruddin had opened fire at the policemen. Viqaruddin, who was wanted in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case, is still at large.