|PUNE RESTAURANT BLAST IN INDIA KILLED 9
At least 9 people have been killed and 40 others wounded in a bomb attack on German Bakery restaurant in India's western city of Pune, on Saturday 02/13/2010 evening, officials said.
The explosion tore through the German Bakery, which is popular with tourists, in Koregaon Park. The blast, which Maharashtra state officials say was caused by a bomb, is the first major attack India has seen since the Mumbai Carnage in 11/2008. Pune is about 100km southeast of Mumbai, India's commercial capital.
The nationalities of the dead are not known. But four of the dead are reported to be a foreign national. The explosion at the restaurant, on North Main Road, happened at about 19:00, when it was packed with diners.
Anti-terror squad officers have gone to the scene. "There has been a bomb blast," senior police official Rajendra Sonawane said. "There was an abandoned bag which seems to have contained some IED [improvised explosive device]" he said.
The German Bakery is near the Osho Ashram, a mystic centre popular with visitors to Pune and the Jewish Habad Center popular between Israeli backpackers. In 10/2009 the Indian home ministry already issued a security alert for the Habad centre in Pune.
There was an intelligence alert received by the home ministry, saying that a possible terror strike may take place on villages and crowded areas (see - Khwaja Alert). German Bakery was one of the places surveyed by US-based Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley. was one of the places surveyed by US-based Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David C. Headley. Therefore security was has been heightened at all places across India that were surveyed by David Headley especially in Mumbai, Pune and the state of Maharashtra (see - Karachi-Project).
The attack came as senior officials from India and Pakistan are due to meet in New Delhi, the capital, on 02/25/2010 to resume talks suspended in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on Pakistani-based fighters (see - PK Two Heads).
* On Tuesday 02/16/2010, the militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba al Alami (the international Lashkar-e-Toiba) called up an Indian newspaper and claimed responsibility for the attack (see - The-Network). The call was traced from Pakistan. The number of casualties in the bombing climbed, eventually, to 15 fatalities.
* The Indian Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), on Wednesday 12/08/2010, said they will issue arrest warrants against the six absconding suspects in the German Bakery blast, Mohsin M. Chowdhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari. They also arrested Mirza Himayat Baig, considered as a prime suspect in the attack (see – Pune Warrants)
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