Ahmedabad, the state capital of Gujarat, has been hit by a wave of bombs. At least
29 49 people are dead, with many more wounded. A terrorist group, Indian Mujahideen, has claimed responsibility for the blasts. They previously claimed to be behind blasts in Mumbai and Jaipur. The explosions come a day after multiple bombs killed two people in Bangalore. Gujarat has experienced intra-communal violence over the past few years, and it is thought that the bombs were an attempt to stir up tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the state. The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narenda Modi, was implicated in the anti-Muslim pogrom of 2002, and one can only hope that he does not try and exploit this tension, but instead diffuse it.
Update: A plot to blow up trains in Tamil Nadu on August 15th has been foiled.
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