Muslim curch attackers challenge life term in south India

Bangalore-8th June

Syed Mohammad Ibrahim and ten others have moved the high court against the life term handed tothem by a lower court for thier involvement in series of bomb blasts at churches in Karnataka,Hyderabad and Goa in 2000.The case has been adjourned by a division bench headed by Justice K.L.Manjunath

There were 12 bomb blasts in different churches in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra during the period between 21 May and 9 July, 2000. Five of them were triggered on one day on 8 June, in four churches in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Goa. While three persons were injured in a blast at the American Baptist Church in Ongole in Andhra Pradesh, no body was injured in the other blasts though the buildings were damaged at the Roman Catholic Mission church at Tadepalligudem in West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh. Five explosions were carried out in coastal Andhra Pradesh including Machilipatnam (21May), Vijayawada (25 May), Ongole (8 June), Tadepalligudam (8 June), and Guntur (25 June). Three bombs were triggered in Karnataka, including at the Roman Catholic Church at Wadi. In the blast at Goa, a portion of the building of the St. Andhrews Church at Vasco, south Goa, was destroyed, but there were no injuries. All the explosions had similar timer devices.