Central government ’surprised’ over Gujarat blasts

July 26th, 2008 - 10:13 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) The central government expressed shock and surprise over a series of blasts in Ahmedabad Saturday evening, saying the terror attack occurred despite the alerts it had sounded for all sensitive cities. Minister of State for Home Affairs Shakeel Ahmed said: “We are surprised and shocked. Yesterday, it was Banglore. Today it is Ahmedabad. This happened even after the government of India issued high alerts to all sensitive states.

“We condemn the blast,” the minister said, assuring the Gujarat government “of all possible assistance.

“If they need any assistance, the government of India will provide it,” Ahmed said.

“Let the hour of crisis pass. We will seek information from the Gujarat government. Let the normalcy return.”

Asked about the claims of Indian Mujahiddin, a recently formed terror outfit, about triggering the blasts, the minister said: “We will give a detailed report after analyzing the state government’s report. Let the state government report come first.”

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