Thursday, October 11, 2007

Bomb kills two at Ajmer Sharif dargah

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- A small bomb exploded just after evening prayers outside the famous Ajmer Sharif shrine in Rajasthan on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding eight, according to police.

The blast occurred at around 6.15 p.m. just outside the shrine, or dargah, just before the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

Hundreds of people were in and around the shrine at the time, many breaking their fast after prayers.

"A big crowd had gathered outside the main shrine to break their fast," Lalit Maheswari, additional police chief for Ajmer told Reuters. "The bomb was placed in a bag."

"We have recovered some mobile instruments, so we think some sophisticated device was used, but an investigation is going on."

Television pictures showed a man being stretchered from the site with his clothes apparently torn from his body and what appeared to be a corpse with his eyes open.

The shrine, which contains the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims in India.

Shortly afterwards, in disputed Kashmir, at least two suspected Muslim militants stormed a police camp in Srinagar, firing guns and throwing grenades, police said.

The gunbattle was still continuing and there were no further details, they added.

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