Jaipur attacks of May 13, 2008
The Jaipur attacks were constituted by the explosion of seven bombs in the Indian tourist city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, on May 13, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. local time. An eighth bomb, attached to a bicycle, was defused by the security services. The explosions lasted for 12 minutes; they targeted a large jewelry bazaar, two Hindu temples, markets and several other public places located in the old city. The bombs were placed in a car, a shop or simply attached to a bicycle, within a radius of about one kilometer. According to police and Sawai Man hospital officials, 63 people were killed and 216 injured. The neighborhoods targeted are: Badi Choupal, Manas Chowk Police Station area, Johari Bazar, Tripolia Bazar, Choti Choupal and Kotwali area.
A few hours after the explosions, the cities of New Delhi, Bombay and Chennai are placed on high alert while a night curfew is imposed in part of the historic city of Jaipur. Several units of the national security guard and the rapid action force are dispatched to Jaipur as well as a unit of the Delhi police responsible for establishing possible links with attacks having previously targeted the city of Delhi.
On May 13, four suspects, including one of the injured and a rickshaw driver, were questioned by the police.
On May 13, sources from the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs said they suspected the Islamist terrorist organization Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami of being behind the attacks. Deputy Interior Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal adds: "The involvement of a foreign power cannot be ruled out", a periphrasis usually used to designate Pakistan. According to initial police reports, various Islamist groups such as Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Students Islamic Movement of India and Lashkar-e-Toiba may be involved.
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