Multiple blasts struck three cities in India's northern Uttar Pradesh on Friday. At least 10 people were killed including two lawyers and more than 40 others were injured.
The bombs were all planted near civil courts in three cities of Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Five people were killed in Faizabad while an equal number died in the hindu holy city of Varanasi. In Lucknow, the state capital, local sources said the intensity of the blast was not much.
The attacks occurred within five minutes of each other. The explosives were packed on parked bicycles in the court areas, police said.
Lawyers over the past months have refused to represent terrorists in these states. Police believed the attacks could perhaps be an attempt by terrorists to target the lawyers.
Indian Home Ministry has termed it as a terror strike. "One thing is clear that this is a conspiracy. Not sure which organization. The motive is to disturb communal harmony. I appeal to people to remain united," said Sriprakash Jaiswal, Minister of State for Home.
According to local media, a group called the Indian Mujahideen has claimed responsibility. The group sent an email to a private Indian TV channel five minutes before the blasts. They also claimed responsibility for the blasts in New Delhi in 2005 and Hyderabad on Aug. 26 this year, almost 100 people were killed in these two blasts.