Gaya: Nine serial explosions on Sunday rocked the internationally renowned temple town of Bodh Gaya, including four in the Mahabodhi Temple complex. Two monks sustained injuries in the blasts suspected to be engineered by some terrorist organizations.

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Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from Sri Lanka, China and Japan and whole of Southeast Asia frequently visit the Mahabodhi Temple.

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While four blasts took place on Sunday morning inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, three occurred in Karmapa monastery, one each near the 80-ft Buddha statue and at the bus stand near bypass, DIG Magadh range Nayyer Hussnain Khan said.

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The blasts took place between 5:30 to 5:58 AM, he said. Arvind Singh, a member of Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee said the two injured included a national of Myanmar and another of Tibet. They have been admitted to Magadh Medical College and Hospital, he said.

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Singh said that two other bombs, one near the 80 feet statue and one at bus stand have been defused.

Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) SK Bhardwaj said prima facie it seems the serial blasts have been done by some terrorist organizations. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and DGP Abhyanand have left for Bodh Gaya by road. Gaya is a Maoist stronghold.


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