INDIA: Bomb at High Court kills 11
A bomb hidden in a briefcase ripped through a crowd of people waiting to enter the High Court Wednesday in New Delhi, killing 11 people and wounding 76 more. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility, but officials said it was too early to name a suspect. The bomb shook the courthouse, sending lawyers and judges fleeing outside. "We will never succumb to the pressure of terrorists," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was in Bangladesh.
PAKISTAN: 23 killed by suicide bombers
Police were investigating whether a twin suicide bombing at the home of a top paramilitary official in Quetta that killed 23 people Wednesday is linked to the recent arrest of three top al-Qaida operatives there. Brig. Farrukh Shahzad, deputy head of the Frontier Corps force for Baluchistan, was seriously injured; his wife was killed. A sport utility vehicle packed with explosives rammed a convoy of Frontier Corps officers outside Shahzad's house, triggering a massive explosion. Moments later, a second attacker rushed into the house, hurling grenades before detonating his bomb vest. The bomber on foot was identified as Ahmad Gul, 21, an Afghan living in Peshawar.
Threats divert 2 flights
Two flights operated by Pakistan's state airline received bombs threats Wednesday, and both landed safely, in Turkey and in Malaysia. No bombs were found. The first flight was headed for Manchester, England. The second PIA flight, from Islamabad to Kuala Lumpur, landed safely in Kuala Lumpur.
ISRAEL: 2 held in killing of Briton
Israeli security forces have arrested two Hamas militants accused in a bombing that killed a British tourist March 23, the Shin Bet security service announced Wednesday. A 36-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank accused of building the bomb was arrested along with a 23-year-old Palestinian from Jerusalem accused of planting it. The bomb killed Mary Jean Gardner, 59. Five Americans were injured.