VARANASI: A two-year-old girl was killed and around 25 people, including a couple of foreigners, were injured in a blast at the Dashashwamedh Ghat during Ganga arati around 6.30pm on Tuesday. Many others were injured in the ensuing stampede while some of the injured were reported to have been hurt by metal pellets. According to official sources, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been recovered from a metal dustbin at the Varanasi blast site.
Terror outfit Indian Mujahideen(IM) claimed responsibility for the blast in e-mails sent to media houses and said it "attributed" the attack to the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.
The banned Indian Mujahideen (IM) today claimed responsibility for the blast in Varanasi, "attributing" it to 1992 demolition of Babri Masjid and warned of more such attacks.
In a five-page email dated yesterday and sent to media houses, the IM, which was responsible for a series of previous terror attacks in India, warned that it would carry out similar attacks "very soon".
The mail also referred to the recent Allahabad High Court judgement on the Ram-Janamabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and the reported clean chit given by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team probing the post-Godhra riots to Gujarat Chief Minister Marendra Modi.
"We have now achieved skills to teach Newton's third law in their own terms. Our youth have all reasons to be proud and pompous to shoulder our responsibilities towards the UMMAH, while our elderly can be content...," the mail said.
The IM appealed to all Muslim countries to voice their concerns regarding "oppression and injustice" allegedly inflicted by India upon the Muslims.
The mail also referred to the alleged manhandling of Kashmiri leaders in some parts of the country.