- - Thursday, September 8, 2011


Secord group claims responsibility for Delhi blast

NEW DELHI — Indian federal investigators on Thursday examined two unverified claims by militant groups that they were behind a deadly bomb blast at New Delhi’s High Court that left 12 people dead.

One emailed claim purportedly sent from Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), a Pakistan-based Islamist militant group, was traced to an Internet cafe in Kishtwar, a town in the volatile Muslim-majority region of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Local police told Agence France-Presse that two brothers who owned the cafe and one employee were taken in for questioning, but no formal arrests had been made.

A separate email sent to media organizations Thursday said the bomb was the work of the home-grown Indian Mujahideen and threatened another attack on a shopping mall next week.

Neither claim was confirmed by police as genuine, but Internal Security Secretary U.K. Bansal said intelligence agencies were “seriously examining” both emails.


Muslim militant group takes credit for attacks

BEIJING — A militant Muslim group claimed by video it carried out recent attacks in western China that killed at least three dozen people, a monitoring group said.

The video purportedly was made by the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), which seeks independence for China’s western Xinjiang region, the SITE Intelligence Group said this week.

The militants are believed to be based in Pakistan, where security experts say core members have been trained by al Qaeda.

Xinjiang is home to largely Muslim ethnic Uighurs who say they have been marginalized by an influx of China’s Han majority to the region. Ethnic riots there two years ago killed at least 197 people.

Security has been raised, but still, dozens were killed in slashings and arson and hit-and-run attacks in the cities of Hotan and Kashgar in July.

The more than 10-minute video released in late August features Turkistan Islamic Party leader Abdul Shakoor Damla, whose face is blotted out, saying those attacks were revenge against the Chinese government.

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