10/29/2005

3 New Delhi Explosions Kill at Least 49 - Yahoo! News

NEW DELHI - Coordinated explosions in India's capital ripped through at least two markets jammed with evening shoppers ahead of an upcoming Hindu festival and a bus, killing at least 49 people.

Officials blamed terrorists for the blasts, which came as India and nuclear rival Pakistan began unprecedented talks on opening their disputed and heavily defended
Kashmir frontier to bring food, shelter and medical aid to victims of the Himalayan region's massive earthquake.

The first explosion hit New Delhi's main Paharganj market, leaving behind bloodstained streets and mangled stalls of wood and twisted metal. Within minutes came an explosion at the popular Sarojini Nagar market — the deadliest, with 39 killed — and the bus blast in the Govindpuri neighborhood. Police said at least 60 people were wounded in the first blast and dozens in the other two.

Police declared a state of emergency and closed all city markets. "I appeal to you. Please disperse from the markets and go back to your families," Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in a televised address.

The attacks targeted the many people shopping just days before the festival of Diwali, a major Hindu holiday during which families exchange gifts, light candles and celebrate with fireworks. The markets where the blasts occurred often sell fireworks that are elaborate and potentially dangerous.

3 New Delhi Explosions Kill at Least 49 - Yahoo! News

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