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HuJI claims responsibility for Delhi blast

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 8, IRNA -- Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HuJI) has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's blast outside Delhi High Court which killed at least 11 people and injured over 70, according to email sent to some media houses purportedly by the Bangladesh-based terror group.

Senior Home Ministry officials said investigators were trying to ascertain the authenticity of the email.

'We own the responsibility of today's blast at the High Court, Delhi. Our demand is that Afzal Guru's death sentence should be repealed immediately as we would target major High Courts and the Supreme Court of India,' thte PTI reported quoting the HuJI email as said.

Secretary (Internal Secretary) in the Home Ministry, U K Bansal told the reporters, 'National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken up the investigations and has deployed a team of 20 officers to go into various aspects of the investigations. The NIA is also verifying the authenticity of the email received by two media channels namely Aaj Tak and NDTV here.'

He said that detailed forensic examination was going on.

Asked about the communication received by TV channels, Director General of NIA S. C. Sinha said, 'It is too premature to comment on the HuJI mail but we are looking at it seriously because HuJI is a very prominent terrorist group which considers India as target number one.'

He also said that there were no clear leads as of now but 'we are working on several theories on several aspects. Some tests have been done on the spot which have been inconclusive... some more tests have to be done in the laboratory and that will tell the details.'

Delhi Police has in the past arrested several HuJI militants from the national capital. **2329

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30553887

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