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IAKF Condemns Today's Sequential Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai and Srinagar, Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 July 2006 00:00

The Indo-American Kashmir Forum (www.iakf.org) strongly condemns today’s parallel train bombings in Mumbai and grenade attacks in Srinagar. The train bombings have left hundreds dead or injured, with the casualty toll still rising. Every day, more than six million people ride the trains in Mumbai, making it among the busiest public transportation systems in the world. The bombs were acts of terrorism designed to strike fear in the hearts of average Indian citizens. Commuter rail trains carrying suburban Mumbai residents out of the city this evening were targeted. The attacks consisted of seven simultaneous bombings, a coordinated approach seen in many terrorist attacks in past years throughout India’s major cities.

The Mumbai attacks came hours after a number of coordinated grenade attacks by Islamist extremists killed eight people and wounded more than 40 in Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, India. Security officials and terrorism experts in India (including Mr B. Raman, Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India) explain that today’s attacks bear the hallmarks of terrorist groups operating in Kashmir. One of these groups is the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a Kashmiri terrorist group based in Pakistan and whose leader, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, enjoys freedom in that country despite an official ban on his organizations by the Pakistani administration.

In Washington, D.C., two U.S. officials were quoted in an Associated Press report under anonymity, as stating that “the attacks' coordinated nature and their targeting of trains at peak travel times match the modus operandi of two Islamic extremist groups that have been active in India during the last several years: Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), or Army of the Righteous, and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), or Army of Mohammed.” The U.S. government has designated both groups as terrorist organizations and considers them affiliates of Al-Qaida.

IAKF hopes today’s attacks strengthen the resolve of the governments of India and the United States in combating Islamic terrorism and those countries that harbor terrorists.

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