India's major cities have been placed on high alert after a
string of blasts in the western part of the country killed at least 45 people.
Police say at least 16 bombs went off Saturday in several crowded areas of the
city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state. More than 160 people were wounded.
Police say at least two other unexploded bombs were found and defused on Sunday
in the city.
The Indian army staged a "flag march" or show of
authority in Ahmedabad, with security stepped up throughout India's major
Indian television reported that a little-known group called "Indian
Mujahedin" claimed responsibility for the bombings in an email.
an anti-terror squad today raided a home in the city of Mumbai, from where the
e-mail was believed to have been sent. And police say 30 people have been
detained for questioning.
The government's top security officials held an emergency meeting on Sunday
in New Delhi. Afterwards, Home Minister Shivraj Patil told reporters the
government would ensure the situation does not escalate and will do all it can
for the victims.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to visit hospitalized survivors
Monday in Ahmedabad.
The blasts in Gujarat follow a series of similar explosions in the southern
city of Bangalore on Friday. At least one person was killed.
Government ministers said the attacks were meant to destabilize the country by
inciting communal tension.
Ahmedabad was the scene of deadly riots between Hindus and Muslims in 2002 that
killed at least one thousand people.