Blast Kills 8 in India; First Big Post-Mumbai Strike

Explosion hits bakery popular with foreigners
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2010 2:03 PM CST

(Newser) – An apparent bomb tore through a crowded bakery popular with foreigners today in western India, killing eight people and wounding 42 near a famed meditation center. If confirmed, it would be the country's first terror attack since the Mumbai rampage in 2008. The blast in the city of Pune, 125 miles southeast of Mumbai, threatened to damage new efforts to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.

The countries had just agreed to hold talks in New Delhi on Feb. 25, their first formal negotiations since the Mumbai attacks by Pakistani-based gunmen. The blast at the German Bakery, near the renowned Osho Ashram meditation center, occurred about 7:30am, apparently when a waiter tried to open an unidentified package. (Read more India-Pakistan relations stories.)

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