India: Beit Chabad Was a Target

India's Interior Minister says the Beit Chabad in Pune was a target of the murderous terrorist attack just two doors away over the weekend.

Hillel Fendel , | updated: 10:47 AM

Beit Chabad, Mumbai
Beit Chabad, Mumbai
Israel news photo: Yossel

The Home [Interior] Minister of India says that the Beit Chabad in Pune has been targeted by terrorists for a while, and specifically was a target of the terrorist attack that claimed nine lives just two doors away over the weekend.

A bomb ripped apart a bakery popular with international visitors on Saturday evening in the Indian city, some 100 kilometers southeast of Mumbai, India’s largest city. It was the largest terrorist strike in India since the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, which killed 173 people; six of the victims were murdered in the local Beit Chabad.

No Jews were killed in the Pune blast, although police officials said that foreigners were targeted. Among the dead and wounded were Iranians, Sudanese and Germans.

Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters that the Beit Chabad "has been on the radar [of terrorists] for quite some time." Chidambaram arrived at the Beit Chabad shortly after the attack as the official representative of the Indian Government. Beit Chabad emissary Rabbi Betzalel Kupchik thanked him for the permanent security stationed at the Beit Chabad, and added words of encouragement for the Indian Government's fight against terrorism.

People in the Beit Chabad building when the bomb exploded said they felt the building shake, and that it took them a few moments to realize that it had actually not been hit.