Coordinated Bomb Attack Kills 50 in India

Seven explosions rip ancient Jaipur; at least 150 wounded
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2008 12:41 PM CDT
An injured person is attended to at the spot of a blast in Jaipur, India, May 13, 2008. Five bombs ripped through crowded parts of the ancient city in India on Tuesday, killing at least 30 people.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A series of nearly simultaneous explosions ripped through a popular Indian tourist destination today, killing at least 50 and wounding 150 others, CNN reports. The first explosion came around 7:30pm (10am ET) in the ancient city of Jaipur. Within 12 minutes, seven bombs had exploded, most placed in crowded marketplaces or near historic monuments. Authorities defused an eighth bomb.

One blast struck near the Hawa Mahal, or palace of the wind, Jaipur’s most famous landmark. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but one police official said it was “obviously a terrorist attack,” and intelligence sources threw suspicion on Islamic radicals, the Daily Telegraph reports. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been imposed throughout the region along the border with Pakistan.