NEW DELHI BLASTS

Many dead in New Delhi following a series of explosions:

“There are conflicting reports about the number of dead, but according to the fire department, 30 to 31 people have died,” the official at the Delhi chief minister’s office told Reuters.

No mention yet of any suspected cause.

UPDATE. Associated Press now reports 49 dead, and speculates:

Fireworks are widely used to celebrate the upcoming Hindu festival, Diwali, and many markets are now crowded with stalls selling elaborate – and often very dangerous – fireworks.

India’s Prime Minister believes terrorists may be responsible. So does the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party:

Alleging intelligence failure behind the serial blasts in the capital, BJP today demanded that the government take all precautions to prevent their recurrence.

“Delhi has become the den of terrorists. Hundreds of terrorists, ISI agents and Pakistanis have been arrested and huge quantity of arms and explosives including RDX seized in the recent past. Necessary precautions should have been taken by the authorities”, BJP’s Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha V K Malhotra told reporters.

UPDATE II. Death toll 58; all markets closed in New Delhi.

UPDATE III. Scooter blamed.

UPDATE IV. 65 deaths now reported; ten suspects detained.

UPDATE V. A history of recent bomb attacks in India.

Posted by Tim B. on 10/29/2005 at 11:51 AM
    1. Gotta be the fireworks. Followers of the Religion of Peace™ would never do such a thing. Especially during the Holy Month of Ramadamadingdong…

      Damn. Almost made it.

      BTW, Does anyone else wonder if there’s any difference between the ISI and Al-Qaeda?

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 10/29 at 03:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. The ISI have spiffy uniforms while al Qaeda dress for “casual Friday”.

      Posted by JDB on 10/29 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. The ISI don’t like Indians whereas AQ don’t like cowboys.

      Posted by jake-the-peg on 10/29 at 05:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. “Hundreds of terrorists, ISI agents and Pakistanis have been arrested and huge quantity of arms and explosives including RDX seized in the recent past. Necessary precautions should have been taken by the authorities”

      Uh, sounds to me like they’ve pretty much been doing that, just not 100% successfully in case this turns out to be a terrorist attack. I guess India’s opposition party subscribes to the Democrat school of government criticism.

      Posted by PW on 10/29 at 05:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. That’ll show them for cosying up with the anglosphere.

      Posted by blerp on 10/29 at 06:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. No mention yet of any suspected cause.

      I’m guessing insurgents or militants

      Posted by jlc on 10/29 at 07:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. many markets are now crowded with stalls selling elaborate – and often very dangerous – fireworks.

      Who woulda thunk that Canberra was our terrorist capital?

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 10/29 at 07:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, I was right! [#6]

      BBC News has just indicated that Kashmiri militants are suspected

      Posted by jlc on 10/29 at 08:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. No, not ‘the anglosphere’, blerp, they just upset a number of Moslems in their own country or on the border.
      Welcome to the clash of civilizations on the borders of many Moslem countries… ‘Killing innocents a speciality’

      Posted by Barrie on 10/29 at 08:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bloody Amish!!! Loaded up their horse and buggy and planted it in the market.
      How long before these murdering Amish are dealt with??
      Amish militants in the kashmir region?
      /off

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 10/29 at 08:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. jlchydro

      Shouldn’t that be:

      BBC News has just indicated that alleged Kashmiri so-called militants are allegedly suspected

      Posted by murph on 10/29 at 08:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pervez Musharraf made the following comment regarding terrorism in an interview in the arab press:

      Now if the actions of any country are contributing to suicide bombings, militancy and extremism, they must be stopped.

      I’d say it sounds like he blames terrorism on the victims.

      Posted by Jonny on 10/29 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. UPDATE III. Scooter blamed.

      ROTFL!

      Sorry. I know it’s no laughing matter, but that was funny.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 10/29 at 11:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. I know what you mean, spiny Norman. Every time I see a post on Scooter I keep thinking of this guy.

      Even a Bush-bashing mate of mine had to ask me, “Who the fuck is Scooter?”

      Posted by Quentin George on 10/30 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #14, Quentin George:  “I know what you mean, spiny Norman. Every time I see a post on Scooter I keep thinking of this guy.”

      I think of Phil Rizzuto.  (Obscure reference to former New York Yankee shortstop and announcer.  Also known as “The” Scooter.)

      Posted by Bruce Lagasse on 10/30 at 01:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. Scooter? Isn’t he a bondi boy?

      Posted by Jonny on 10/30 at 01:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think we need to ask “why”.

      It is clear that the people of India are part of the problem because most of them are not muslim.  It is equally clear that if they were all muslims, there would be no Kashmir problem, because they would all be one happy family living in peace under sharia law.

      Tim Blair is also part of the problem, because he’s not muslim either.  So is his little-known namesake, Tony, Bushitler, Mark Steyn, Andrew Bolt, Iowahawk and me (to name but six).

      We should ask ourselves what we can do about this

      Posted by jlc on 10/30 at 01:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Man, I never knew that muppet was that evil.

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 10/30 at 03:20 AM • permalink

 

  1. #18-It’s the iron hand inside that muppet velvet glove…

    Posted by crash on 10/30 at 06:41 AM • permalink