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India points finger at Islamic groups for Bombay car bombs

India has pointed the finger of suspicion at radical Islamic groups for the twin car bombings in Bombay as the death toll rose to 50 and security was heightened across the country. “Monday’s blast is a continuation of the bomb blasts the city has seen in the last eight months,” said state home minister Kripa Shankar Singh. “But we believe it could be work of the groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba or some other radical Islamic group,” Singh told AFP on Tuesday. India accuses pro-Pakistan militant group Lashkar of being behind an attack on its parliament in December 2001 which left 15 people dead, including the five attackers, and almost brought India and Pakistan to war. Two bombs hidden in taxis exploded seven minutes apart Monday during the lunch-hour rush near the Hindu temple of Mumbadevi in the old city and a square in front of the colonial Gateway of India monument. Singh said that although no one had claimed responsibility for the attacks the modus operandi used was similar to earlier attacks in Bombay, including the last one in July on a bus which killed 12 people. Those blasts were blamed by police on the banned Islamic youth organisation, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which is accused of links to Lashkar. Full Story

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