Friday, May 18, 2007

Five Killed Bomb Blast In Hyderabad; Terrorist Target Mosque

Dated 18/5/2007

Reports are coming in of a blast at the Mecca Masjid in Old Hyderabad. The blast occurred during Friday Prayers as the mosque. Mecca Masjid is the largest mosque in Hyderabad and is located near the famous Char Minar.

Terrorists have targeted Hindu Temples and Moslem Mosques in attacks in India over the past 5-6 years, with designs of starting religious riots. The Indian society has not seen riots since 2002 Godhra incident and has stood firm against malicious designs of the enemy.

There is also sufficient reason to suspect a maoist/naxal link to this attack. Maoism is traditionally opposed to all religion and Hinduism and Islam are two of the largest religious groups in India, often having hostile relations with Maoists.

Mecca Masjid is known as the city's oldest mosque. Nearly 10,000 people gather at the mosque for Friday prayers. Police said the explosion appeared to have been caused by an unsophisticated device. However, the motive behind the blast was still not clear. Further details are awaited.

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