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By David Rosenberg
Just a day after a powerful blast ripped the entrance of New Delhi's High Court, Kashmir police took three men into custody on the basis of an email believed to have been sent by terrorist group Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI).
HuJI apparently claimed responsibility for the attack through the email. The email was tracked from a Kashmir cyber café that belonged to two brothers who were among those questioned. The police have not made any formal arrests.
Meanwhile, national media organizations received a second email, apparently sent by Indian mujahideen, that also claimed responsibility for the attack. The group also threatened another attack outside a shopping mall.
Neither email has been verified by investigators.
The blast in the heart of the Indian capital killed 12 people and injured more than 80. It also sparked questions about national security and the authorities' inability to foil such attacks and bring the persons responsible to justice.
Police, in the meantime, have also released two suspected bombers believed to have come in a car and left a black briefcase filled with explosives.
Talking to reporters following his return from Bangladesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh late Wednesday said that investigators have some leads, but that it was too early to declare which group carried out the attack.
"There are obviously unresolved problems and weaknesses in our system and the terrorists are taking advantage of that," Singh said, pledging to work hard on those weaknesses.
This is the first major attack following Mumbai's triple blasts on July 13 that killed 26 people.
Late Wednesday an Anti-Terrorist Squad special team launched a raid on HuJI militant Shameem at the village of Launda Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh. The authorities believe Shameem was involved in the 2006 Sankat Mochan temple blast in Varanasi.
France, Britain, Pakistan and the United States sent condolences to blast victims and vehemently criticized the bombing. Washington described the attach as "cowardly."
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