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India on full alert after terrorist attacks


At least 45 people are now known to have been killed in the series of bomb attacks in the Indian city of Ahmedabad yesterday. More than a hundred people were injured, and more victims died from their wounds overnight.

The killings have shocked India. Police said the bombs were packed with nails, designed to cause maximum injury. The first device went off on a bridge where Hindus and Muslims fought pitched battles in 2002. Two more went off near local government offices – the authorities were criticised for ignoring those attacks, which killed some 2,000 people.

The Ahmedabad blasts follow a similar, but smaller attack in the southern city of Bangalore. One person died there on Friday.

Ahmedabad is a mainly-Muslim city. Local tv channels said they received warning emails from a group called the Indian Mujahideen as the bombs went off. The same group admitted bombing the western city of Jaipur in May, killing 63 people.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the violence, and put towns and cities across the country on full alert.

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