Bomb Blasts in India Kill 30

Associated Press

Two bombs struck in the crowded streets of the western Indian city of Malegaon as Muslim worshippers were returning from Friday afternoon prayers, killing 30 people and wounding 56 in what a top official called “a terrorist act.”

Authorities quickly clamped a curfew on Malegaon, said D.K. Shankaran, a top Maharashtra state official. The city has a long history of religious violence between Muslims and Hindus.

Preliminary reports indicated one of the explosives may have been rigged to a damaged bicycle found at the scene, said P.S. Pasricha, Maharashtra state’s director-general of police.

“It is a terrorist act. It is done by people who don’t want peace,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who announced the toll of dead and wounded at a news conference.

As of yet no claims of responsibility


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