India is witnessing a wave of terror attacks across the country, with at least five such attacks on its soil since mid-July, according to security experts and police sources.
The latest attack took place at a railway station in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday morning.
The deceased attacker reportedly shouted: “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar”, according to the police.
“There was no doubt he had been influenced by a foreign ideology,” said N.S. Thakur, an analyst at the Delhi-based think tank NOCOM.
“It’s very worrying.
We are all too afraid to leave the house,” he told AFP news agency.
“We were watching the news when we heard this.
We could not believe it.
I thought it was a bomb.
I went to my mother and asked her to call my sister.”
He said police found a backpack in the vehicle which contained a copy of the Qur’an and the Islamic declaration of faith.
The attack was the latest in a series of attacks on Hindu religious sites, including temples, shrines and mosques in the last two months.
A number of Hindu groups have expressed concern over the rise in attacks, including the National Association of the Hindu Religious Community of India (NAHRIC), which has issued a call for all temples in the country to be demolished.