Tuesday 16 January 2018

India blames Pakistani militants for bomb blast

Rituparna Bhowmik in Pune

INDIAN police were investigating the possible involvement of Pakistan-based militants in a bomb blast that killed nine.

Despite the atrocity, government sources last night said talks with Islamabad later this month would go ahead.

The bomb, left in a backpack at the popular German Bakery in the city of Pune on Saturday, also wounded 60 and appeared to target Indian and foreign tourists.

Senior security sources, who declined to be named, said the focus had fallen on Pakistan-based separatist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which has been blamed for the Mumbai attacks, and a local militant group called Indian Mujahideen because both had been behind bombings in India in the past. Both groups are fighting against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir.

"Nothing is ruled out, nothing is ruled in. The investigation is in progress," Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said.

Irish Independent

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