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India Mosque Bombing, Rioting Death Toll Rises to 16

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The death toll from Friday's bombing at an historic mosque in southern Andhra Pradesh state and riots that followed has risen to 16.

Officials in the state capital, Hyderabad, said on Saturday that the total killed in the bombing at the Mecca Masjid Mosque is 11, and the number of rioters shot and killed by police is five. Thirty-five people were wounded in the bomb attack. Police defused two other bombs found at the scene.

Police fired live ammunition and tear gas to subdue hundreds of angry, stone-throwing rioters who clashed with authorities to protests a lack of police protection at the mosque.

Reports from Hyderabad say the city's streets are deserted on Saturday in response to a strike called by a popular Muslim group to protest the bombing.

City officials are calling for calm. Some say they believe Friday's attack was intended to instigate sectarian violence between Hindus and Muslims.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, which is the third against a mosque in India during the past year.

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