Hindu Shrine at Ayodhya Stormed, Six Killed

July 5, 2005

Source: Canada.com/CP


On July 5, 2005 the Canadian Press reported, "In a likely suicide attack, unidentified militants blew up a security fence on Tuesday and stormed a northern Indian Hindu shrine at the heart of a bitter sectarian dispute, setting off a gun battle with security personnel that left five other attackers dead, officials said. Police found the remains of a man they believe either deliberately or unwittingly triggered the blast that launched the assault, said Jyoti Sinha, chief of the Central Reserve Police Force at the Ram Janmbhoomi shrine in the city of Ayodhya. Sinha's paramilitary force guards much of the site, which is claimed by both Hindus and Muslims. In 1992, Hindu nationalists demolished a 16th-century Muslim mosque on the sprawling 32-hectare complex, sparking religious riots that killed more than 2,000 people."