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Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee speaks to newsmen after a visit to the Akshardham temple
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee speaks to newsmen after a visit to the Akshardham temple. Reuters, PTI photo


Priests talk after commandos flushed out gunmen from the complex in Gandhinagar on Wednesday
Priests talk after commandos flushed out gunmen from the complex in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Reuters, PTI photo


Security personnel frisk a foreigner at Birla Mandir in New Delhi on Wednesday after an all-round alert was sounded
Security personnel frisk a foreigner at Birla Mandir in New Delhi on Wednesday after an all-round alert was sounded. Reuters, PTI photo


Mr Bill Clinton, the then US President, with the Founder of Akshardham at Gandhinagar, Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj, during his visit to the temple on April 5, 2001
Mr Bill Clinton, the then US President, with the Founder of Akshardham at Gandhinagar, Pramukh Swamiji Maharaj, during his visit to the temple on April 5, 2001. File photo by Raj Sadosh


A commando gestures as he stands near the bodies of two militants
A commando (R) gestures as he stands near the bodies of two militants killed during an overnight siege in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Reuters photo


Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inspect  the blood-stained Exhibition Hall
Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi inspect  the blood-stained Exhibition Hall where the militants were involved in gun battles. PTI photo



Security personnel patrol the Akshardham temple after commandos flushed out gunmen on Wednesday. Reuters photo


Troops carry a coffin
Troops carry a coffin, draped in an Indian flag, containing the body of a National Security Guards commando in New Delhi on Wednesday. The commando was killed in last night's raid on the Akshardham temple. Reuters photo



Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee talks with newsmen during a visit to the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Reuters photo

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