On April 14, 2006, two explosions occurred in the courtyard of Jama Masjid
, a 17th-century mosque in Old Delhi
). The first blast took place at 17:26 local time
right in the middle of the courtyard next to Wazoo Khana
which comprises a pond where worshippers wash their hands and feet before offering prayers, and the second a few metres away seven minutes later. At least thirteen people were injured in the blasts. The blasts took place just before the time of Azaan
. The explosives were reportedly carried in plastic bags. There were around 1000 people in the mosque at the time of blasts as the day happened to be Friday, considered holy by the Muslims
as well as being the first Friday after Milad un Nabi
, Prophet Muhammad
's birthday. The explosions did not cause any damage to the mosque. The Delhi government announced an ex gratia
compensation of Rs. 50,000 to those with serious injuries and Rs. 25,000 to those with minor injuries.
Some sources claim that the mosque was almost empty with only 100-150 people in the premises when the blast took place. The first blast occurred near Gate No. 1, a place where people wash their hands before offering prayers. It was the first attack of its kind on the historic mosque. It is being speculated that these blasts might be linked with coincidental six grenade attacks in Srinagar
, that took place the same day.
According to Delhi police
, these were "low-intensity... Read More