Terror struck Delhi when a powerful bomb placed in a briefcase ripped through a crowded reception area at the entrance of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday morning, killing 11 people and leaving more than 80 injured. A group by the name Harkat-ul-Jihad claimed responsibility for the blast.
INDIA TODAY – This is the second blast outside Delhi HC since May. The blast occurred around 10:15 am outside Gate Number 5 close to the reception area where visitors had lined up for entry passes.
A group by the name Harkat-ul-Jihad claimed responsibility for the blast. The mail claimed that the blast was carried out to demand repeal of death sentence of Afzal Guru, a condemned prisoner in 2001 Parliament attack.
Delhi Police have now confirmed that ammonium nitrate inside an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in the blast. An eyewitness said he saw a man planting the briefcase and fleeing from the spot, moments before the blast.
Sources in the MHA indicate that traces of powerful explosive PETN have been traced at the blast site. On May 25, a low-intensity explosive went off near Gate Number 7 of the Delhi High Court. Experts believe the May 25 attack may have been a dry run for a bigger attack.