In Train At India's Chennai Kill Passenger; Alert Issued
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[May 01, 2014]
CHENNAI, India (Reuters) — Two bombs
went off on a train in the southern Indian city of Chennai on Thursday,
killing a woman and wounding nine people, officials said, prompting a
security alert in the middle of a mammoth election.
No group has claimed responsibility for the rare attack in the
city and police officials said they had no suspects for the moment.
Security is already tight in India as it nears the finish line of
the world's biggest election that began early last month and is due
to end later in May. Tens of thousands of police have been deployed
for the vote.
Explosive devices concealed under seats went off in two coaches
shortly after the train stopped at Chennai's central station at
about 7 a.m. Two of the nine injured were seriously hurt.
"The incident consists of minor-intensity blasts in two coaches,"
Rakesh Misra, general manager of Southern Railway, told reporters.
"Both are sleeper-class coaches."
No arrests have been made so far, said Anoop Jaiswal, a senior
police officer. "We're questioning a lot of passengers," he said.
A team from the National Investigation Agency has joined the
investigation in Chennai, an official said.
A security alert was issued in Tamil Nadu state as well as in
neighboring Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh further afield. Hindu
nationalist Narendra Modi, tipped to be India's next prime minister
as head of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was due to
campaign in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
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Even before the explosions, security agencies had increased
surveillance on suspected members of the Islamist Indian Mujahideen
group, which has carried out a wave of low-level attacks in towns
across India in recent years.
Police believe the IM was behind blasts at a campaign rally that
Modi addressed in eastern India last October. The IM, which says it
wants to establish a caliphate, poses the most serious threat so far
from a home-grown group in Hindu-majority India.
(Reporting by Sriram Srinivasan in Chennai;
writing by Sruthi
Gottipati and Sanjeev Miglani; additional reporting by Aditya Kalra;
Editing by Ron Popeski)
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