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Blasts hit Indian tourist city
At least 60 people are killed in serial explosions in Jaipur in Rajasthan state.
Last Modified: 13 May 2008 21:34 GMT

The blasts targeted crowded areas of
the tourist city[AFP]

Several explosions have torn through the Indian city of Jaipur, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 100 others.
 
Police said at least seven blasts hit the northwestern city on Tuesday in crowded areas, including markets.
Matt McClure, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Delhi, said: "There are scenes of total panic and chaos in Jaipur tonight.
 
"We are hearing reports from the hospitals that they are literally overloaded with patients.
"Inside the walled historic city a series of blasts went off starting at around 7:30 at night and lasting about half an hour.

 

"We are hearing reports from eyewitnesses on the ground of carnage. One bomb is a suspected car bomb.

 

"There are no claims of responsibility as yet. There's lots of speculation that these could be fighters that have infiltrated from Pakistan," he said.

 
McClure added that one bomb went off outside a Hindu temple, suggesting that there may be communal origins behind the blasts.
 
Tourist destination
 
The historic city in Rajasthan state is a popular destination for foreign and Indian tourists.
 
The walled city is full of tourist sites and bazaars.
 

Vasundhara Raje, chief minister of the desert state of Rajasthan, said: "We will not tolerate such activities at all."


Manmohan Singh, the Indian prime minister, condemned the blasts and appealed for calm.
 
Alerts have been given for New Delhi, the capital, and Mumbai, India's main financial centre.
Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
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