Unknown Pakistani Terror Group Owns up Pune Bombing

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) An unknown Pakistan-based terror group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba Al Alami (LeT-international), Tuesday claimed responsibility for the bombing in a Pune eatery that killed 10 people Saturday evening.

A man identifying himself as Abu Jindal, the "spokesman" of the group, called Islamabad-based Indian journalist Nirupama Subramanian, and claimed that the group carried out the attack because of "two reasons".

India's "refusal" to discuss Kashmir in the forthcoming talks with Pakistan and New Delhi's "alliance" with the US were the two reasons, the caller told the correspondent of The Hindu newspaper.

"Joh bhi America ka ittehadi hoga, hum uskey khilaf jang ladengey, chahey woh India ho ya Pakistan (Be it India or Pakistan, we will fight against any ally of America)."

The man said he was calling from Miranshah in North Waziristan. The telephone number had an area code of Waziristan in the North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan, according to the scribe.

When she tried calling the number, a recorded voice message said the telephone was temporarily not in use.

Jindal said the group had split from the Lashkar-e-Taiba because it took orders from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

There were no more details about the group but the caller told the Indian scribe that the Pune attack was carried out with the help of its "sources" in India.

Ten people, including three foreigners, were killed and 60 injured in Saturday evening's blast at Pune's German Bakery, popular with youngsters and foreigners. The explosive was kept in a backpack under a table and went off when a waiter tried to open it.

Jehadi leaders and militant commanders had vowed to carry out attacks in India when they spoke in rallies organised in Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day by the Jamaat-ud-Daawah, a frontal outfit of the Lashkar.

LeT chief Hafiz Saeed had said the only solution to problems between India and Pakistan was the "liberation" of Jammu and Kashmir. The group had another option of launching a pan-India jehad, he threatened.

A similar meeting of militant groups in Pakistan-administered Kashmir Feb 4 also called for the independence of Kashmir.


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  • venu, mangalore/pune

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    George, India , Next Nobel award is waiting for u for the greatest invention mankind has ever seen (i just fell off my seat laughing at ur comment)

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  • George, India

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    This is only the tricks to claim responsibility and make nonsense to others. The main culprit here is inside terrorist shiv sene (hindu fundamental organization) who indulge with pakistan ISI, they cannot tolerate India development and hatred for ruling central government program. And also this shiva sene purchase some of the indian military personnel to bring terrorist from outside country through Indian border. So all the blast behind this group, finally minority people will suffer.

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  • S. Ashrafullah, Bengaluru

    Wed, Feb 17 2010

    We must unite to be a single entity as Indians and work with a single objective to eliminate the terror outfits from our country and influence greatly to eliminate regional outfits from the face of the world. These terror outfits do not belong to any religion. Their religion and faith is terrorism which is an evil religion. We must all accept this fact and stop including them with any religion. They must be treated as terrorists and swiftly be dealt with so as to protect our future generations from the menace. Need of the hour is for us to be simply be Indians, raise above region, langauge, religion and think as only Indians and help our country fully be prepared to eliminate these outfits from the face of the world in self-defence. If their only objective is terrorism and ours must be to eliminate them.

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  • shukur, mangalore

    Tue, Feb 16 2010

    At last we have a owner who owns Pune Attack, why not we handover Bomb to the owner.

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