At least 11 people were killed today and 91 others wounded when a briefcase bomb was detonated outside of the Delhi High Court building. The victim were gathering to enter one of the court’s checkpoints.
An email sent from a gmail account claimed the attack for the group Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI), and officials say they are taking the claim seriously. The group has carried out a number of attacks across India in recent years.
Originally, HuJI was one of the groups fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, but expanded into Indian Kashmir and the nation’s eastern states after the war. The group’s leader, Ilyas Kashmiri, was reported slain in a June US drone strike, but this was never actually confirmed.
The attack immediately sparked criticism of the Delhi police, which added a number of security measures aimed at avoiding terror attacks, but which in this case appears to have left large numbers of innocent civilians milling about in front of the courthouse waiting for permission to enter.