Assam blasts and More blasts: Chronology

30 10 2008

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A chronology of some of the major attacks in India in the past five years:

March 13, 2003 – A bomb attack on a commuter train in Mumbai kills 11 people.

Aug 25, 2003 – Two car bombs kill about 60 in Mumbai.

Aug 15, 2004 – A bomb explodes in the northeastern state of Assam, killing 16 people, mostly schoolchildren, and wounding dozens.

Oct 29, 2005 – Sixty-six people are killed when three blasts rip through markets in New Delhi.

March 7, 2006 – At least 15 people are killed and 60 wounded in three blasts in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi.

July 11, 2006 – More than 180 people are killed in seven bomb explosions at railway stations and on trains in Mumbai that are blamed on Islamist militants.

Sept 8, 2006 – At least 35 people are killed in a series of explosions, including one near a mosque, in Malegaon town, 260 km (160 miles) northeast of Mumbai.

Feb 19, 2007 – Two bombs explode aboard a train heading from India to Pakistan; at least 66 passengers, most of them Pakistanis, burn to death.

May 18, 2007 – A bomb explodes during Friday prayers at a historic mosque in the southern city of Hyderabad, killing 11 worshippers. Police later shoot dead five people in clashes with hundreds of enraged Muslims who protest against the attack.

Aug 25, 2007 – Three coordinated explosions at an amusement park and a street stall in Hyderabad kill at least 40 people.

May 13, 2008 – Seven bombs rip through the crowded streets of the western city of Jaipur, killing at least 63 people in markets and outside Hindu temples.

July 25 – Eight small bombs hit the IT city of Bangalore, killing at least one woman and wounding at least 15.

July 26 – At least 16 small bombs explode in Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, killing 45 people and wounding 161. A little-known group called the “Indian Mujahideen” claims responsibility for the attack and the May 13 attack in Jaipur.

Sept 13 – At least five bombs explode in crowded markets and streets in the heart of New Delhi, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 100. The Indian Mujahideen again claim responsibility.

Oct 30 – Eleven bomb blasts in quick succession rip through the main city of India’s troubled northeastern Assam state and three other towns, killing at least 39 people and wounding 210.

17 killed in bomb blast in Imphal

21 10 2008

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New Delhi: At least 17 people have been killed and more than 30 injured in a bomb blast near Khuman Lapak Sports Stadium in Imphal (Manipur) on Tuesday evening. The blast took place at around 1915 hrs IST.

Initial reports say the blast was triggered by an an improvised explosive device (IED), which was placed in a Luna moped. All the injured have been taken to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal where the condition of six people is stated to be serious.

Director General of Police, Manipur, Y Joykumar Singh confirmed to CNN-IBN that at least 17 people have been killed in the blast. A bomb had also exploded on Sunday night near Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh’s official residence. Militant outfit People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) claimed responsibility for the blast near the Chief Minister’s residence.
Indian troops and the police sealed off Imphal’s borders with adjoining towns and launched a manhunt for the bombers, officials said.
The blast came two days after unknown guerrillas carried out a grenade attack outside the fortified home of Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh also in Imphal city. No one was injured in that explosion.
No one has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, but 19 rebel groups in Manipur are spearheading separate campaigns pressing for changes ranging from homelands for tribal groups to the repeal of a draconian anti-terror law.
“Today’s attacks appear to be the handiwork of a tribal (militant) group which we are jointly targeting,” a senior police official said from the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh, without elaborating.
Earlier this month, five people were injured in an explosion during a Hindu festival in Guwahati, the largest city in Assam state which adjoins Manipur. At least 50,000 people have lost their lives in insurgency-driven violence in six of India’s seven northeastern states since the country’s independence from the British in 1947. The militants say the northeast has been largely neglected by India’s political leaders, accusing them of focusing only on the development of the country’s relatively-wealthier eight northern states.
A steady infiltration of migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh is another major cause of friction between ethnic tribal groups and Muslim settlers from across the two nations’ porous borders, analysts say.

Blast near Manipur CM’s residence

19 10 2008
10/19/2008 9:18:29 PM

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A huge explosion was reported near Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s residence in Imphal at 8.30 pm tonight (Oct 19) when the state police were celebrating their raising day at their headquarters next door. According to the official sources, the explosion took place at a post office near the chief minister’s residence. However, no casualties have been reported.

The explosion which took place at 8.30 pm, happened almost an hour after celebrations began at 7 pm, official sources said.

“We are not certain about the nature of blast. Probably it was a Chinese grenade and a vehicle was used. We have deployed maximum force in the city. We have some suspects we will zero down on soon,” DGP Manipur Y Joykumar Singh told CNN IBN.

The area which has witnessed a few such incidents in the recent past was declared off limits for public vehicles. The restriction was relaxed after the government faced criticism from the people.

The explosion appeared to be of low intensity. It occured in a VIP area. One vehicle was partly damaged according to the sources. The police are in the process of questioning the suspects. The police are also investigating to identify whether this blast has link to the blast that happened earlier.

In Imphal, militant groups like the UMLF and the People Liberation Army are very active.