February 13, 2010

Islamists Bomb Jewish/Euro Target in India Killing 8, American Implicated

Reuters makes sure to point out that the police in India are telling us "not to jump to conclusions". Okay, we won't. This isn't jumping to conclusions: violent Islamists did this. Beginning and end of story.

Probably Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the group that brought you the Mumbai massacre, had a hand in it. You'll remember that many of the communications between Chicago's David Headley and his LeT handlers were for him to quit focusing on attacking Denmark and spend his time scoping out targets in India instead. In addition to helping do recon work for the Mumbai attacks, Headley spent time in many additional communities in India -- sometimes posing as a Jew himself in order to case Jewish targets.

Headley's passport showed that he visited Pune, the city where today's attack took place. This is a strong indication that LeT was behind the attack. While I'll admit it's speculation, the links between the LeT and Headley's visit to Pune at their behest are too glaringly obvious to overlook. Just like his "business trips" to Mumbai, odds are that Headley was in Pune with a view in mind of finding suitable targets for a terror attack by the LeT.

All of this suggests that:
a) LeT was behind the attack
b) that an American may have helped plan it.

[inserted update] A Times of India article linked by Robert Spencer (and not nearly as PC as Reuters) notes that while in Pune, David Headley stayed at the Ashram Center which is located adjacent to the restaurant which was targeted. The restaurant was frequented by the center's European visitors. /update

But if not LeT, India has its fair share of Islamist radicals. And the long border with Pakistan also make it a prime target for other Pakistani based jihad groups.

Reuters:

A bomb ripped through a packed restaurant in the Indian city of Pune on Saturday, killing at least eight people including one foreigner in the country's first big attack since the 2008 Mumbai massacre...

Police said the bomb was hidden in a bag left in the German Bakery restaurant, a favorite of Jewish and European visitors, when it was full of tourists on Saturday evening.

"We heard a big noise and we all rushed out. The impact was so much that there were tiny body parts everywhere," said Vinod Dhale, an employee at the bakery....

Debris was strewn all around the bakery, located near an ashram or religious retreat which is also frequented by foreigners, and a Jewish center.

Reuters then goes on to explain the history of terrorist bombings in India. But then points out it could have been Hindu extremists.

Hindu extremists. Right. Hindu extremists often target Jews. /sarc

Thanks to Square Mile Wife.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 03:39 PM | Comments |