Relatives of a bomb blast victims wail at the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb apparently hidden in a briefcase exploded Wednesday outside a top court in New Delhi, the deadliest attack in the Indian capital in nearly three years.(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
NEW DELHI (AP) — A powerful bomb hidden in a briefcase ripped through a crowd of people waiting to enter a New Delhi courthouse Wednesday, killing 11 people and wounding scores more in the deadliest attack in India’s capital in nearly three years.
An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for the blast outside the High Court, though government officials said it was too early to name a suspect. The attack came despite a high alert across the city and renewed doubts about India’s ability to protect even its most important institutions despite overhauling security after the 2008 Mumbai siege.
“Have we become so vulnerable that terrorist groups can almost strike at will?” opposition lawmaker Arun Jaitley asked in Parliament.
The bomb left a deep crater on the road and shook the courthouse, sending lawyers and judges fleeing outside.
“There was smoke everywhere. People were running. People were shouting. There was blood everywhere. It was very, very scary,” said lawyer Sangeeta Sondhi, who was parking her car near the gate when the bomb exploded.
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