Terrorists’ ‘war against India’ will not succeed: Modi

July 27th, 2008 - 1:23 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, July 26 (IANS) Terrorists who are waging a “war against India” will not succeed, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi declared here Saturday and appealed to the people to stay calm after a series of bomb blasts here killed 29 people. “The enemies of the nation have today stained with blood the soil of Mahatma Gandhi’s Gujarat. Terrorists have continued their war against India,” Modi said after a late night meeting with top police officials.

He said there were a total of 16 coordinated blasts in Ahemdabad, killing 29 people and injuring 88.

“Killing innocent people is not only a crime but is a form of enmity with the humanity. All those who believe in humanity should prepare themselves for a long war - while maintaining peace,” he said.

“I have spoken to the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) and the home minister (Shivraj Patil). There is a similar pattern in all recent terrorst attacks (in the country). There must be a mastermind operating behind them all,” he added.

Asserting that those responsible for the blasts will be punished, Modi urged the people of Gujarat to answer them by “quickening the pace of Gujarat’s economic development”.

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