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'Indian' group claims Jaipur blasts
Police examine video clip of bicycle allegedly used in a series of deadly bombings.
Last Modified: 15 May 2008 08:00 GMT
Hundreds of people were injured in the bomb
attacks in the tourist city of Jaipur [EPA]

A group calling themselves the Indian Mujahidin have claimed responsibility for a string of bombings in the western city of Jaipur, the deadliest attacks in India in nearly two years.
 
The Times of India reported the group's claim on Thursday, after a video clip showing a bicycle allegedly used in the attacks was sent to the media.
Gulab Chand Kataria, home minister of the state of Rajasthan of which Jaipur is the capital, said the police were investigating the claim.
 
"They [the group] sent a video saying 'you support America and Britain and we will put pressure on them and on you,'" Kataria said.
"The police has seen it. It also has a few seconds of the bicycle [used in the attacks]."
 
The video, sent by e-mail, was later broadcast on national television channels in India.
 
Pankaj Singh, Jaipur city police chief, said the mail bore the sender's name as "Indian Mujahidin", a group about which little is known.
 
"It's a post-dated e-mail and it was sent after the attacks claiming 'we did it' and we are trying to verify whether it is the source or a false claim," he said.
 
Curfew re-imposed
 
Authorities imposed a curfew on the city in the wake of the attacks. The curfew was re-imposed for a second day on Thursday.
 
Over 60 people were killed and hundreds of people were injured in the blasts, which targeted busy markets and Hindu temples in Jaipur, one of India's major tourist destinations.
 
The city was hit by a series of seven bombs on Tuesday night, with an eighth bomb, which failed to explode, defused by police.
 
Ashok Parnami, the city's mayor, said Jaipur had been placed in "a state of terror" by the attacks.
 
Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the attack and on Wednesday evening, police released a sketch of a man in his mid-20s who they suspected of being involved in the bombings.
 
Pakistan-based groups fighting against Indian rule in Kashmir are usually blamed for such attacks which have plagued major Indian cities for years.
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