E-mail Notice Sent Prior to Delhi Explosions

An e-mail claiming responsibility for the bomb blasts in India's capital Delhi on Saturday was sent five minutes prior to the actual explosions, media organizations said.

The e-mail, sent by a poster claiming to be from the Indian Mujahideen, said that Delhi was about to be hit with blasts, and the militant organization would strike other locations in India. The e-mail, which was sent to news organizations in India including Zee News, was sent from a Yahoo e-mail account that was traced back to a Mumbai address.

A coordinated stream of five bombs exploded in different areas in Delhi on Saturday evening, including densely populated areas, killing close to 30 people. More bombs were being defused, according to media reports.

India has recently witnessed a spate of serial bomb blasts that has put the country and IT industry in a state of alert. Recent explosions in the cities of Ahmedabad and IT capital Bangalore in July claimed the lives of 56 people.

No immediate suspects for the Delhi blasts were named, but initial details point to a trend in the way responsibility is claimed for serial blasts. The Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the earlier Ahmedabad blasts five minutes prior to the 21 serial bomb blasts that rocked the city. The e-mail address was ultimately tracked down to a hacked Wi-Fi account of Kenneth Haywood, a U.S. executive working for a firm in Mumbai. Feeling the heat of being at the center of an intense investigation by India's authorities, Haywood fled for the U.S. and returned recently after his name was cleared.

A number of international companies have offices in or around Delhi, including top Indian IT companies Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Wipro. No company immediately responded to comment on any potential impact of the blasts on operations.

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