Indian Train Bombings

I haven’t been able to read up much on today’s coordinated attack on commuter trains in India which have killed at least 163 (a number that is sadly sure to climb), but I haven’t seen anything to clearly suggest that it’s the work of al Qaeda.

There’s a lot of “this has all the earmarks of AQ” talk out there right now, and I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it is, in fact, AQ, though it seems more likely that they could simply have provided support for a local organization. Lashkar-e-Toiba, a group tied to AQ, has carried out these sorts of attacks in the past.

The quasi-alliance between the US and India has been growing by leaps and bounds of late, in large part to that very populous nation to India’s northeast. Although India hasn’t committed troops to Iraq, it could be a move to ignite the “Islam vs. The World” war that many Muslim fundamentalists hope for. We’ll see.

More at Captain’s Quarters, Security Watchtower, Shot in the Dark, and, of course, Counterterrorism Blog.

UPDATE: The Times of India seems pretty sure that it was LeT and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) activists. I hate to just automatically blame Muslims, but a pattern seems to have been developing over the past few decades that isn’t often broken when it comes to major terrorist events.