Court Bombings Kill 13 in India

Suspected terror blasts injure dozens more
By Rob Wagner,  Newser User
Posted Nov 23, 2007 3:29 PM CST
Policemen inspects the site of the blast as people look on at the civil courts, in Varanasi, India, today. A series of near-simultaneous explosions ripped through courthouse complexes Friday in three...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Several coordinated bombings outside courthouses in northern India today killed at least 13 and injured dozens more, Reuters reports. The bombings took place in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, and most of the casualties were lawyers. The government blamed terrororists trying to incite violence between Hindus and Muslims, but no group has claimed responsibility.

"I believe it is the handiwork of groups who are trying to spread terror in our country," said a government official. However, a legal group in Uttar Pradesh said a recent decision by the state's lawyers to stop representing terrorism suspects might be behind the attacks, the AP reports. The bombings took place in three cities, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Faizabad.