Blast video footage with Pune police
PUNE: Indian investigators examined security camera footage Monday as they tried to identify who planted a deadly bomb in a bakery popular with foreigners.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday night that killed nine people in the city of Pune, 200 km southeast of Mumbai. Suspicions, however, quickly fell on Islamic militant groups blamed for past attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai massacre when Pakistan-based militants ran amok in the country’s financial hub.
Officials said one or two people posing as customers left a backpack containing a bomb in the German Bakery. In addition to the nine deaths, 60 people were wounded.
While the restaurant did not have security cameras, police were examining video shot by cameras installed at a hotel across the street, police said. Today, police showed the footage to bakery workers who had spotted the abandoned backpack before it exploded, a police officer said. Security forces have been put on high alert at airports, train stations and markets across India.
Meanwhile, Home Minister
said India wanted to question a
terror suspect linked to Pakistani militant groups who is detained in the United States and accused of scouting out targets ahead of the Mumbai attack.
Officials said David Headley had cased the Osho Ashram, a meditation retreat near the German Bakery, and the Chabad Jewish centre.
Nitzan Nuriel, head of counterterrorism at Israel’s National Security Agency, said the Pune attack wasn’t directed at Chabad.
“The attack in India was not directed at Chabad house, even though Chabad houses appear on the potential lists of targets maintained by some of the groups that operate in the area,” Nuriel said.
US has been sharing intelligence with Indian agencies, but so far has not allowed them to meet Headley.