Bombs Strike Top Buddhist Holy Site in India

2 injured in series of blasts
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2013 9:17 AM CDT
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)
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(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. (Read more Buddhism stories.)

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