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Pune blast claim, Pak group says it carried out attack
Published on 17 Feb. 2010 12:23 AM IST
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Laskhar-e-Taiba Al Alami, a hitherto unheard terror outfit, on Tuesday claimed it carried out the Pune blast because of India’s “refusal” to discuss the Kashmir issue with Pakistan. The claim was made by a man who called Nirupama Subramanian, the Islamabad-based correspondent of The Hindu newspaper. The caller identified himself as Abu Jindal and described himself as the spokesman of the LeT Al Alami (International). The caller claimed his group carried out the attack in Pune that killed nine people because of what he described as India’s “refusal” to discuss the Kashmir issue in forthcoming talks with Pakistan. He also said his group had split from the Laskher-e-Taiba because it “took orders” from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency. The man said India’s “alliance” with the US was another reason for the attack. Asked if there were any other reasons, he said: “These are the only two reasons.” “Joh bhi America ka ittehad hoga, hum uskey khilaf jang ladengey, chahey who India ho ya Pakistan (We will wage war against any ally of America, whether it is India or Pakistan),” the caller reportedly said. Asked how the group had carried out the attack in Pune, the caller said his organisation had its “sources” in India and had activated them to carry out the strike. Subramanian said the caller, who sounded like an educated youth in his late teens or early 20s, had told her he was calling from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, and had declined to divulge the name of his group’s leader. She said the caller’s telephone number had an area code used for the Waziristan tribal region and Bannu, an adjoining district in the North West Frontier Province. When she tried calling the number, a recorded voice message said it was temporarily not in use. Pune blast toll Two people have been arrested in connection with the Feb 13 bombing here, police said Tuesday as the toll in the terror attack rose to 10 with a 24-year-old college student from Uttar Pradesh succumbing to his injuries. Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said two people had been nabbed Monday night but declined to give details. He said Abhishek Saxena, a student of D.Y. Patil College here, succumbed to his injuries at the Budhrani Hospital Tuesday morning. The 24-year old student hailed from Uttar Pradesh and his body had been handed over to relatives. Another 37 victims are currently undergoing treatment in various city hospitals; of these at least two are reported to be in a critical condition. Addressing mediapersons briefly, the police commissioner said significant clues had been recovered from the CCTV footage of a hotel opposite the German Bakery, the blast site. “We are now hunting for the prime accused in the case and expect to make an important breakthrough in the blast investigations very soon,” Satyapal Singh asserted. He said the forensic report of the blast site had revealed that the bomb contained a deadly mixture of ammonium nitrate, RDX and petroleum hydrocarbons. Two Britons detained Two British nationals staying at the Radisson Hotel near the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here have been detained after they were found with suspicious gadgets and are being questioned, police said Tuesday. Stephen Hampston and Steven Martin were detained by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police Monday for possessing some high tech gadgets, maps and binoculars. “They checked into the hotel on Feb 13 and hotel authorities informed us after they found their activities suspicious. We are questioning them,” a police officer said. “The two were carrying sophisticated gadgets that can be used to capture details of air traffic. They have told police that aircraft spotting is their hobby and they use the gadgets for that only,” he added. “We are also trying to find out people who they were in touch with in the national capital or other parts of the country.”

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