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2005 Delhi bombings

Delhi map showing the location of the bomb blasts: (1) Pahargunj, (2) Sarojini Nagar market, (3) Govindpuri

The 29 October 2005 Delhi bombings occurred on October 29, 2005 in the Indian city of Delhi, killing 61 people and injuring at least 188 others [1] in three explosions. The high number of casualties make the bombings the deadliest terrorist attack in India in 2005. The bombings came only two days before the important festival of Diwali (which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs [2], and Jains [3]). The bombs were triggered in two markets in central and south Delhi and in a bus in the Govindpuri area in the south of the city. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed terrorists for the deed. A Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, the Islamic Inquilab Mahaz claimed the responsibility for the blasts. This group is known to have links with the Kashmir separatist/ Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba. The tactics—using multiple strikes simultaneously or near-simultaneously—are a format used previously by Al Qaeda (in the Bali bombings, the Madrid train bombings and the 9/11 attacks).

President A P J Abdul Kalam condemned the blasts in Delhi and sent condolences to the bereaved and other victims of the loss of lives and damage to property. Kalam appealed to the people "to maintain calm and help the agencies in relief and rescue work." Nonetheless, several parts of India are reportedly on higher alert than they were before the blasts.

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