2007 Uttar Pradesh bombings

23 November 2007 Uttar Pradesh Serial Blasts
Uttar Pradesh where bombs were planted
Location Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad, India
Date 23 November 2007
13:05 – 13:32 (UTC+5:30)
Target Court Premises
Attack type Bombings
Weapon(s) Improvised explosive devices made with Ammonium nitrate[1] and RDX[2]
Deaths 18
Injured (non-fatal) 81
Suspected perpetrators Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami[3] / Indian Mujahideen [4]

Six consecutive serial blasts rocked Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad courts in Uttar Pradesh on 23 November 2007 afternoon in a span of 25 minutes, in which reportedly many people were killed and several others injured.[5]

Bombs were explicitly targeted to the lawyers who were working in courts premises at these cities. The first blast occurred in Varanasi civil court and collectorate premises between 13:05 and 13:07 pm. Two successive blasts occurred in Faizabad district court around 13:12 and 13:15, closely followed by one at Lucknow at 13:32.

The blasts came a week after the Uttar Pradesh police along with central security agencies busted a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists which planned to abduct Rahul Gandhi. The blasts may be in retaliation to the arrested terrorists being beaten up by lawyers and not being assigned even a counsel to defend them in the court.

Lucknow blasts

In Lucknow two bomb were found one triggered panic after explosion and other unexploded powerful live bomb was deactivated by bomb disposal squads. Both the bombs were planted in bicycles in civil court premises. Lucknow blast was mildest among all other blasts in Faizabad and Varanasi.

Varanasi blasts

Three consecutive blasts claimed most lives in Varanasi at least 11 people were killed including four lawyers and 42 injured. Bomb were tied to bicycles which exploded around 13:05-13:15.

Faizabad blasts

Two successive blasts occurred in Faizabad which were strongest among all. In these blasts at least four people were killed on spot and about 15 were injured.

Terror Mail just before blasts

A little known group Indian Mujahidin has claimed responsibility of these blasts. This group apparently sent an email to some private TV channels just five minutes before the blasts. This email says the Jihad in India is in retaliation against the injustice to Muslims in India, the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the Gujarat riots.

Indian Mujahideen also claimed responsibility for the blasts in Delhi and Hyderabad but refused any association with the attacks on the Mecca Masjid, the Samjhauta Express and the 2006 Malegaon blasts.

HuJI's hand suspected

Investigating agencies suspect the hand of Bangladesh based terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami(HuJI) pointsman who goes by the name Guru has emerged as a prime suspect. Intelligence agencies suspect that Guru may have planned the attacks executed by sleeper cells of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed possibly under the banner of al-Qaida-fil-al-Hindi (meaning al-Qaida in India).[6]

Lawyers' strike to protest blasts

Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh decided to go on strike to protest against these terrorist activities. In the state capital, lawyers moved about in groups in the court compounds and raised slogans against terrorism. The government has tightened security arrangements in the courts throughout the state after the Friday blasts. Lawyers from other states also join state bar council and observing the day as shok diwas.[7]


  • The Union Home Ministry of India said it's a terrorist strike meant to disturb communal harmony.
  • Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister condemned serial blasts and announced a compensation of Rs.200,000 to the next of kin to each of those killed and Rs.50,000 for those injured in the incidents. She also said that it is a complete failure of central intelligence agencies.[8]
  • The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh condemned serial blasts and announced a compensation of Rs.100,000 from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to kin of each of those killed in blasts.
  • British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg said in a statement "We condemn all forms of terrorism. It is a particularly worrying development that the judiciary and the legal system have been attacked. Our thoughts are with the affected families".[9]


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