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Blasts Rock India's Capital, At Least 18 Killed

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Police say at least 18 people have been killed and dozens of others injured by a series of blasts in India's capital, New Delhi.

Authorities say at least five explosions took place within minutes of each otheron Saturday, in busy marketplaces throughout the city. At least 50 people were wounded.

Two of the blasts occurred in Connaught Place, the city's central shopping district. Bombs also exploded in New Delhi's Greater Kailash and Karol Bagh areas, where weekend shoppers crowded the streets.

Police also defused at least two other bombs, including one near India Gate -- a prominent monument and war memorial in the capital -- and another outside a movie theater.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attacks, and Delhi's mayor (Arti Mehra) appealed for calm. Authorities have placed the country's metropolitan areas on high alert.

An Islamic militant group, Indian Mujahedeen, has claimed responsibility for today's attacks.


The group has previously said it was behind a series of explosions in the western state of Gujarat in July that killed at least 45 people.

New Delhi was hit by a similar attack three years ago. More than 60 people were killed when three bombs went off in busy markets in October of 2005.

Members of India's main opposition party (Bharatiya Janata Party) today criticized ruling Congress party leaders for failing to adequately protect the country against terrorists.

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