Sunday, September 19, 2010
Attack near Jama Masjid
Two unindentified men on a motor cycle opened fire at a bus near the Jamma Masjid areas in Delhi in which two tourists from Taiwan were injured. Although the police say that it is too early to conclude that it is an act of terror, a Red Alert has been in Delhi.
The incident occurred at 11.20 am ago outside Gate No 3 of the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. The two tourists aged between 26 and 28 have been admitted to hospital and they are said to be out of danger.
According to the eye witnesses two men on a motor cycle dressed in a rain coat and wearing helmets fired indiscriminately at the bus. The police on the beat made a futile chase to nab the assailants. The police however managed to recover the guns which were dropped by them when they fled the spot.
Although Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit has said that it is too early to presume the attackers are terrorists, security agencies are looking at the timing of the attack. The incident has occurred two weeks before the Common Wealth Games and this particular event is rated very high on the radar of terrorist organizations.
Interestingly the specific intelligence pertaining to an attack during the games also speaks of an attack on tourist and players vehicles on the lines of the attack on the Sri Lankan team at Pakistan.
Sources in the Delhi police said that it is too early to assess the reason behind the attack and say that the primary concern at the moment is to nab the assailants.
Sources in the intelligence bureau however add that the motive was to create panic ahead of the games and it could have been some local module trying to create some panic.
They also add looking at the incident that it is not a routine criminal act since there is no specific motive to target one person during the attack. The attack appears to be one that has been carried by a terrorists mind set who has no agenda against one individual but to create panic in general. The IB says that facts available as of now show it as an act of terror and the motive was to create panic ahead of the games. They were also trying to challenge the security agencies to show that the set up continues to be weak.