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INDIA'S GROWING TERRORISM

Friday, November 28, 2008

In recent years, India has witnessed a growing number of attacks against civilians. Most have involved indiscriminate bombings in public places, unlike the coordinated armed assault on multiple sites in Mumbai that began Wednesday.

March 13, 2003: A bomb attack on a commuter train in Mumbai kills 11 people. Indian authorities blame Lashkar-i-Taiba, a network of Muslim extremists from Pakistan. An alleged accomplice dies in a shootout.

Aug. 25, 2003: Two bombs hidden in taxis kill about 60 in Mumbai at the Gateway of India and at the Zaveri Bazaar.

Aug. 15, 2004: A bomb explodes in the northeastern state of Assam, killing 16 people, mostly schoolchildren.

Oct. 29, 2005: Sixty-six people are killed when three blasts rip through New Delhi's Sarojini Nagar market, which was busy before a Hindu festival. A caller from the Front for Islamic Uprising, a group linked to Lashkar-i-Taiba, asserts responsibility.

March 7, 2006: At least 15 people are killed in three blasts in the northerly Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi. Recent arrests have revealed the role of Indian Mujahideen.

July 11, 2006: More than 180 people are killed in seven bomb explosions at railway stations and on trains in Mumbai. Indian officials initially blamed Lashkar-i-Taiba, but recent local arrests suggest that Indian Mujahideen was involved.

Sept. 8, 2006: At least 32 people are killed in a series of explosions, including one near a mosque, in Malegaon town, 160 miles northeast of Mumbai.

Feb. 19, 2007: Two bombs explode aboard a train heading from India to Pakistan; at least 68 passengers, most of them Pakistanis, burn to death. The bombs were kept in briefcases and placed on the floor of the train.

May 18, 2007: A bomb explodes during Friday prayers at a historic mosque in the southern city of Hyderabad, killing 11 worshipers. Police later shoot five people in clashes with hundreds of enraged Muslims protesting the attack.

Aug. 25, 2007: Three coordinated explosions at an amusement park and a street stall in Hyderabad kill at least 40 people. Recent arrests and confessions have pointed to Indian Mujahideen, authorities said.

May 13, 2008: Seven bombs rip through the crowded streets of the western city of Jaipur, killing at least 63 people in markets and outside Hindu temples. The bombs are carried on bicycles, hanging from the handles and bars in cloth bags.

July 25: Eight small bombs explode in Bangalore, killing at least one woman.

July 26: At least 16 small bombs explode in Ahmedabad, killing 45 people. Indian Mujahideen asserts responsibility for the attack and the May 13 attack in Jaipur.

Sept. 13: At least five bombs explode in crowded markets and streets in the heart of New Delhi, killing 23 people. Indian Mujahideen asserts responsibility. Two suspected bombers are killed in a shootout when police raid a hideout associated with the group.

Oct. 30: At least 83 people are killed in 11 serial blasts in Assam. Authorities blame local militant group United Liberation Front of Asom, acting with help from Bangladesh's outlawed Harkat-ul-Jehadi-al -Islami.

-- Rama Lakshmi

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