MULTIPLE small bomb blasts at one of Buddhism’s holiest sites – the Bodh Gaya temple complex in eastern India – have wounded two monks but the historic temple was undamaged, police said.
A Buddhist monk is carried on a stretcher after the attacks in Bodh gaya. Picture: Manish Bhandari/AP
The Indian government called the blasts on Sunday a “terror attack” after nine bombs exploded at the complex in Bihar state which attracts Buddhists and other visitors from all over the world.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but police said they earlier warned officials that Islamic militants could target the site as revenge for Buddhist violence against Muslims in neighbouring Myanmar.
“Four blasts took place inside the temple complex,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters. “Three blasts took place near the Karmapa monastery while one each happened near the Buddha statue and a tourist bus stand outside.”
Two more bombs were found and defused at the complex, one of them near the temple’s celebrated 80-feet-tall (24-metre) statue of the Buddha, the minister said. Courtesy News.com.au Read article
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