More bomb blasts in India kill 15

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 July, 2008, 12:00am

At least 15 people were killed and 55 injured as a series of blasts rocked the western Indian city of Ahmedabad yesterday.

Indian Junior Home Minister Shakeel Ahmed said he had reports of six blasts, including one in a bustling diamond-trading market and another on a bus.

'This is very unfortunate and we are surprised that despite a high security alert sounded yesterday after the bomb attacks in Bangalore, the blasts occurred today in Ahmedabad. We are shocked,' Mr Ahmed said.

The blasts came a day after eight low-intensity bombs went off in the southern city of Bangalore, capital of Karantaka state, leaving one dead and seven wounded.

Television stations said the explosives were on bicycles and detonated with remote devices.

Mr Ahmed declined to comment on reports that a little-known Islamic guerilla group - the Indian Mujahedeen - had telephoned a television station and accepted responsibility for the latest attack.

Ahmedabad police said the first explosion was reported at about 6pm on a bridge in the city, which saw bloody Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002.

'All the explosions occurred within a span of one hour and one of the bombs appeared to have been kept in a passenger bus,' a police spokesman said

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attacks and urged calm.