New Delhi Sees Deadliest Attack in 3 Years

Bomb was hidden in briefcase; blast killed 10
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2011 6:19 AM CDT
New Delhi Court Bomb Kills 10
A relative of one of a bomb blast victims reacts at the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb exploded this morning outside the High Court in New Delhi.   (Gurinder Osan)

A bomb apparently hidden in a briefcase exploded today as people lined up outside a top court in New Delhi, killing 10 people and wounding scores more in the deadliest attack in India's capital in nearly three years. The blast near a gate at the High Court, the second at the building in five months, came despite a high alert in the city and renewed doubts about India's ability to protect even its most important institutions despite a security overhaul that followed the 2008 Mumbai siege.

"There was smoke everywhere. People were running. People were shouting. There was blood everywhere. It was very, very scary," said Sangeeta Sondhi, a lawyer who was parking her car near the gate when the bomb exploded. A Muslim militant group claimed responsibility for the blast in an email, but investigators said it was too early to name any group as suspects. (Read more India stories.)

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