Bombs Strike Top Buddhist Holy Site in India

2 injured in series of blasts

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 8, 2013 9:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two people were injured as a number of small bombs hit a major Buddhist temple yesterday in eastern India. The Mahabodhi temple complex, home to a tree where Buddha is said to have reached enlightenment, was struck by at least four blasts, but the temple wasn't damaged, CNN reports—nor was the tree, though bombs reportedly went off nearby, the BBC adds. Several other explosions hit sacred spots near the UNESCO World Heritage Site, in India's Bihar state, police say. The injured were a Tibetan, 50, and a Burmese national, 30. No group took responsibility for the attack, but authorities suspect Indian Islamist group Mujahideen.

Buddhist monks from Thailand offer prayers at the Mahabodhi, or the Great Awakening, Temple, in Bodh Gaya, India, Monday, July 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)
An Indian National Security Guard soldier collects the evidence from the site.   (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)
A security officer inspects the site of an explosion on the campus of the Mahabodhi Temple.   (AP Photo/Manish Bhandari)
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