''This is the work of groups which are targeting India as a whole and are not Kashmir specific and are pursuing the larger jihadi agenda,'' said Doval, who maintains strong contacts in the intelligence community. ''They are targeting countries and societies, particularly democratic ones, which they consider to be the antithesis of their version of Islam.''
Terrorism in India in the past has frequently been linked to sectarian violence, or related to the low-grade conlict in Kashmir. But in a message released to the world on April 23 of this year, Osama bin Laden made reference to the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Kashmir, and the attacks yesterday strongly resemble (registration required) the Madrid bombings to which Al Qaeda was linked. It's certainly easy for us here in the U.S. to suspect the hand of Al Qaeda in any highly destructive or visible terrorist attack, but as yet no group has claimed responsibility for yesterday's bombings.