Wednesday, May 14, 2008


JAIPUR, India: Seven near-simultaneous bomb blasts tore through crowded markets in the Indian tourist city of Jaipur overnight, killing at least 80 people.

About 200 people were wounded in what police said was a terror attack.

One bombing suspect was detained, Rajasthan state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria told reporters.

A.S. Gill, the state's police chief said it's a terrorist plot," he told reporters. "The way it has been done, the attempt was to cause the maximum damage to human life."

Bombs, many strapped to bicycles, exploded by a main temple and markets inside the pink-walled city. Slippers, broken pieces of glass and bits of clothes now litter the main market place.

One live bomb was found attached to a bicycle at one of the explosion sites and was defused, police said.

Shortly after the bombings, which began just before 7:30 p.m., authorities put New Delhi, India's capital, and Mumbai, the country's financial center, on high alert along with several other cities.

Historic Jaipur, which has a population of more than 2 million, is one of India's top tourist resorts and a favourite attraction for foreigners.

It is popularly known as the “pink city” because of the ochre-pink hue of its hilltop forts, Hindu maharajah's palaces and crenellated city walls.

Authorities said they do not have information about any foreigners injured in the blast. It is low season in the tourist state of Rajasthan

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