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Indian Institute of Science attacked by suspected terrorists

Posted: 29 Dec 2005     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IIS  Indian Institute of Science  terrorist  attack  December 

A professor was killed and four others were wounded at a science conference in Bangalore on Wednesday (Dec. 28) by a gunman with possible ties to a terrorist group, according to police.

Police said the gunman sprayed automatic gunfire during a conference at the Indian Institute of Science. The Indian Institute of Science is the leading postgraduate college in Bangalore.

Professor M.C. Puri from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, was killed in the attack, according to police. Several others were seriously hurt, including Vijay Chandru, founder of the Indian-developed palm-computer, the Simputer, according to a report from the BBC News service. The incident occurred Wednesday evening when delegates were leaving after a seminar at the institute, where among others, K. Kasturirangan, chairman of Indias Space Research Organization, were present.

According to the BBC, the assailants approached the delegation in an Ambassador car. One of them got out and fired randomly outside an auditorium door and then the car sped off, according to the report.

It is too early to be certain if terrorists are behind the attack. But some suspect the attack was carried out by the Lashkar-e-Toiba group, reportedly one of the largest terrorist outfits operating in Pakistan. The group is also suspected of involvement in the attack on Indias Parliament in New Delhi in 2001.

-K.C. Krishnadas
EE Times




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