In “areas wracked by Hindu-Muslim tensions.”
“Five killed in India bomb blasts,” from AFP, September 30 (thanks to JE):
Five people were killed and 25 others injured today in two suspected bomb attacks in the western Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra, Indian media reported.
Three people were killed and at least 12 others hurt in a bomb explosion in the religiously tense town of Malegaon in Maharashtra state, a senior police official told the CNN-IBN news channel.
Reports said rioting broke out after the blast, causing several more injuries. The official Press Trust of India news agency said police resorted to firing in the air to control angry crowds in the communally sensitive town.
“It appeared to be a low-intensity blast,” local police official Surya Gupta told the media.
In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, one person was killed and 13 others wounded in another crude bomb attack in a marketplace in Modasa town in Sabarkantha district, reports said.
Gujarat’s home minister, Amit Shah, told the media one person was confirmed dead and seven others wounded.
“There was a motorcycle carrying an explosive. We are reviewing security arrangements,” he said.
The NDTV news channel said an alert has been sounded across western India.
Both explosions took place in areas wracked by Hindu-Muslim tensions….
Several other Indian cities — Jaipur, Bangalore and New Delhi — have been hit by serial bombings since May, also claimed by the Indian Mujahideen….
New Delhi recently unveiled new security measures to tackle what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said were “vast gaps” in intelligence gathering.