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India Investigates Pune Blast


Indian police are investigating the possible involvement of an Indian Islamist group and Pakistan-based militants in a bomb blast that killed nine people in the western city of Pune.

Police officials say they hope to identify the attackers by examining security camera footage from a hotel across the street from the popular German bakery where the blast occurred Saturday.

The bombing came one day after India and Pakistan scheduled their first peace talks in more than a year, but officials in New Delhi have indicated the talks will go ahead.

India said it will not respond to demands by Hindu nationalists to cancel talks with Pakistan until the investigation into the blast is complete.

On Friday, India and Pakistan agreed to hold high-level talks in New Delhi on February 25. Relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals have been strained since the November 2008 siege of Mumbai that killed more than 160 people. India blames Pakistani militants for the carnage.

The 1,000 year-old city of Pune is India's eighth largest city and is located about 100 kilometers southeast of Mumbai.

Out of the 9 people who died, 7 were Indian, and 3 were from Kolkata. Gautam Gupta, VOA Correspondent from Kolkata, has more on this.

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