Pak-based group owns up blast

NEW DELHI: A previously unknown Islamist group

that said it had splintered from a larger Pakistan-based outfit has claimed responsibility for a weekend attack in India, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The Hindu said it had been contacted by someone claiming to be a spokesman for a group called Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi which said it had carried out the bombing. Police said the toll from the blast at the German Bakery in Pune had risen to 11,

with the number of injured rising to 60 after new victims were discovered in local hospitals. The Hindu said an individual codenamed Abu Jindal rang the paper’s Islamabad correspondent and said the attack was in response to India’s “refusal” to discuss Kashmir in talks due to resume this month.