Thursday, July 13, 2006

Mumbai Bombing Aftermath

India has arrested up to 500 in connection with the Mumbai bombings, and seeks two individuals in particular. Apparently, the police have obtained photographs of three men who were seen perhaps just minutes before placing the bombs:

Detectives are showing some of the injured survivors photo-fit pictures of three men seen at Churchgate, Bombay's main commuter station, each carrying brightly wrapped gift boxes. They were overheard discussing leaving their packages on board as they split up to take different trains during Tuesday├é’s rush hour.

To the surprise of no one, the authorities have named the Pakistan based Muslim terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba as the prime suspect. Now, with pressure mounting on the Indian government to make tough demands on Pakistan, talks between the two nuclear powers over Kashmir have been delayed. Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has offered to assist India with their investigation, but the perpetrators of the bombing may be beyond the reach of his government. And whatever help he might provide may not be enough to placate India, given the intractable dispute over Kashmir. A minor war of words has already flared, and further provocation from Islamic terror groups may be more than India will tolerate.

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