Twenty-two people were killed and at least 130 injured as serial blasts ripped through crowded shopping areas across Delhi on Saturday.Indian Mujahideen, the Islamic outfit that was allegedly behind Ahmedabad blasts, also claimed responsibility for the blasts.Police and witnesses said two bombs went off in dustbins in and around Connaught Place, a shopping and dining area popular with tourists and locals in the city centre.Others exploded within minutes of each other in busy markets around the city.Security in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune, and other metros has been heightened and police claim a probe has begun in full earnest.New Delhi woke up today to a blanket of security, a day after five blasts struck the capital leaving atleast 30 dead and more than 100 injured. Security, in and around New Delhi have been beefed up after terror struck the capital targeting crowded market areas on Saturday evening. The security around the Delhi border, market complexes and other sensitive places have been intensified. Terror struck the Capital when three crowded market areas were targetted in five synchronised blasts in rapid succession ahead of the festive season.
The Indian Mujahideen struck again on Saturday, this time in the national capital, accomplishing its ‘Operation BAD’ – which the intelligence community had deciphered as ‘Operation Bangalore-Ahmedabad-Delhi’.After more than 20 blasts in Ahmedabad on the evening of July 26, killing 56 people, intelligence officials had intercepted a call made from the across the border claiming “Operation BAD is successful”.At that time the intelligence officials and the Gujarat police had suspected the BAD stood for Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi – Bangalore, India’s IT hub, had suffered serial bombings only a day before the Ahmedabad bombings. One woman was killed in the July 25 terror attack.Following the serial blasts in Delhi Saturday, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said he had “specifically informed” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of terrorists’ plans to target New Delhi though he did not have precise information on dates and places.”Ten days ago, when I met the prime minister, the home minister (Shivraj Patil) and the National Security Adviser (M.K. Narayanan) in New Delhi, I had specifically informed them that the terrorists being interrogated by the Gujarat police had indicated Delhi was going to be their next target,’ Modi told reporters.