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Saturday, February 14, 2009

This Day in Islamic Terrorism: The 1998 Coimbatore Bombings

The latest installment of the This Day in Islamic Terrorism series.

Mumbai was nothing new to India. Jihad has been ravaging that region for over 1000 years. The first attempted invasion of India by Muslims occurred in 636 CE -- under Caliph Umar, within four years of Muhammad's death.

"The massacres perpetrated by Muslims in India are unparalleled in history, bigger than the holocaust of the Jews by the Nazis; or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks; more extensive even than the slaughter of the South American native populations by the invading Spanish and Portuguese."


This is one such occurrence 11 years ago today.

On Saturday, February 14 1998, in the city of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. 46 persons - 35 men, 10 women and one child - were killed and over 200 injured in 13 bomb attacks in 11 places , all of them within a 12km radius, 4 bombs were planted at R S Puram area, two near Bus Stand, 1 near Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and at Ukkadam area. These car bombs was the work of Muslim fundamentalist group "Al Umma" which had a strong presence in Coimbatore.

The bombings were apparently in retaliation to the earlier riots in the city the previous year, when Hindu gangs and Fundamentalist Muslim groups clashed with each other following the murder of a traffic policeman named "Selvaraj" , by a member of the radical Islamist group Al Umma (The Ummah).

The first of the serial bombs exploded at 3.50 p.m. on Shanmugham Road in R.S. Puram, 100 metres from the venue of an election meeting that was to be addressed by Bharatiya Janata Party president L.K. Advani. There were allegations that suicide bombers were ready to target L.K.Advani on that day.

(Pictured Left) On West Sambandam Road in Coimbatore, bodies of two victims of one of the 13 bomb explosions that rocked the city on February 14.

(Right) BJP president L.K. Advani, whose election meeting in the city was cancelled following the explosions, at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. In the foreground, a woman mourns the loss of her son.




Convictions.


S.A. Basha and 34 other persons have been convicted for the conspiracy of bomb blasts in Coimbatore, India for a life term. There were 4 bomb blasts in Coimbatore on 14th February 1998. There were 12 blasts in which 54 innocent people died. One of the suicide bombers was to target L.K. Advani, however he did not activate the bomb which was aimed at L.K. Advani as Advani’s flight was delayed and had not reached the venue of the meeting on the fateful day. Basha was head of Al Umma, an extremist organization in Tamil Nadu formed in 1993, which had been accused of masterminding the bomb blasts. Till the eighties, there were hardly any extremist organizations in Tamil Nadu. However, after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992, Islamic extremism spread to Tamil Nadu and Al Umma was one such organization.

Read more about Al Umma's terrorist tactics here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for presenting this series here at IBA. It should be published far and wide, perhaps even as an annual calendar (or co-author a similar venture to this one) Hmmm, perhaps a contest is warranted to draw infidels of the world to submit their daily entries to the calendar . . .awarded a copy of the next year's calendar.
I would contribute financially to help offset the cost of the awards.

HRW

Saturday, February 14, 2009 3:09:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Yeah, this is good Kevin. Thanks.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:04:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is insulting all muslim...y did u people want to insult them..y don we just leave them alone...

Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:24:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You muslims stop killing non-muslims first. It's funny how you are insulted when confronted with your handiwork.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 4:34:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin, I have not contacted you before as I have been setting up a rough out line as to go forward with On This Day project, Also I am Half/Half whether I want to go forward with it, as it takes a lot of time and energy, and I cannot do it on my own.

As I said in my comment to you, I had started this project two years ago, and have about 60days completed

Any-way I shall post my valentine entry here at IBA

Also I have now put Islam on This Day online, and I will add a few more days

So Kevin, and anybody else, let me know if you are interested to push this forward.

Contact me throught the comments @

http://islamonthisday.blogspot.com/

Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:33:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is insulting all muslim...y did u people want to insult them..y don we just leave them alone...

AAAH you poor little spineless wussys

Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:34:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Anonymous,
Maybe you should blow yourself up.

LOL

Saturday, February 14, 2009 5:56:00 pm  
Blogger kevin said...

Shiva, I can say without remorse that your post fares far better than mine. Very impressive.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 7:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin it is not a matter of being better, It is a qustion of how much time that can be devoted to a project like this.

Any take a look at, and let me know if you would like to have a go http://islamonthisday.blogspot.com/

I find the biggest problem is some days it can get very tedious going through the same data day in day out.

Saturday, February 14, 2009 7:50:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone should pick a day, perhaps your own birthday and do some research to contribute to this effort. I'll spend some time in the library this week and see what I come up with.

But most of all, I truely want to encourage this effort to continue so that we can educate and inform our families, peers, co-workers and clergy of the damage ignorance continues to wreak.

HRW

Saturday, February 14, 2009 9:51:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HRW

I have everything covered until ON THIS DAY March 2

Maybe it could be a good idea if any body comes up with anything, is to send it to Kevin and myself

Kevin
http://amboytimes.typepad.com/the_amboy_times/this-day-in-islamic-terrorism/

Shiva
http://islamonthisday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 15, 2009 5:30:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Shiva,
I just put a link to Islam On This Day in our sidebar.

I hadn't been aware of that project of yours. Great idea.

Sunday, February 15, 2009 3:14:00 pm  

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