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9 serial blasts rock Bodh Gaya
* Mahabodhi temple targeted
* Two monks injured
* IM hand suspected

Gaya (Bihar), July 7
Terror struck one of the holiest Buddhist shrines, the Mahabodhi Temple, and other places in Bihar’s pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya early today, with suspected Indian Mujahideen operatives simultaneously triggering nine low-intensity explosions, leaving two monks injured.

The temple’s sanctum sanctorum and the Bodhi Tree, under which Lord Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment, did not suffer any damage in the blasts that shook the holy town frequented by lakhs of Buddhist pilgrims from countries such as Sri Lanka, China and Japan.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said in New Delhi that serial explosions were a terror attack and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guards (NSG) teams had been sent for post-blasts investigations.

A five-member NIA team comprising a DIG and two SPs reached here by a special plane from New Delhi and began probe into the incident, said Nayyar Hasnain Khan, DIG, Gaya range.

The explosions took place between 5.30 and 5.58 AM. The explosives were set off by timers. No group has claimed responsibility for the blasts so far. “While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, three occurred in Karmapa monastery, one each near the famous 80-ft Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass,” Khan said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who rushed to the blast site from Patna, has demanded CISF security for the shrine. — PTI

early morning strike

  • Nine explosions took place between 5.30 and 5.58 am
  • Low-intensity time bombs were used to carry out explosions
  • Four blasts occurred on the temple premises, three in Karmapa monastery, one near the 80-ft Buddha statue and one at a bus stand
  • There was no damage to Bodhi Tree or the main temple structure
  • Indian Mujahideen operatives are suspected to have carried out the blasts





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