Shinde: Cities targeted earlier more likely to face attacks

In the wake of the Bangalore blast,Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Thursday said that cities that have been terror targets

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: April 19, 2013 1:06 am

In the wake of the Bangalore blast,Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Thursday said that cities that have been terror targets earlier are more prone to further attacks. He was referring to a similar explosion at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in April 2010.

“Soon after the Hyderabad blasts in February,we had sent alerts to all the small cities and metros that were targeted in the past,” Shinde said. Hyderabad was terror target twice in 2007. In May 2007,a blast occurred at Mecca Masjid and it was followed by another one at Gokul Chat in August 2007.

The Home Minister however ruled any link between the Bangalore blast and the February 21 Hyderabad blasts. “It is too early to draw such conclusions but we have traced the owner of the motorcycle that was used to plant the explosives in Bangalore,” he said. Shinde said an IED with a nitrate-based compound was used.

“Investigation is such a matter that we can’t do within a definite period of time. But I assure the nation that we will book the culprits,we will catch the perpetrators and we are on that way,” he said.

Shinde also refrained from linking the Bangalore attack to a terror plot that was busted by the Karnataka Police in August 2012. Fifteen persons were arrested and later chargesheeted by the NIA.

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