- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 26, 2008

AHMADABAD, India (AP) — At least 29 people were killed and 88 wounded when a series of small explosions hit the western Indian city of Ahmadabad on Saturday, a top official said, a day after seven similar blasts struck a southern city.

Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat state, where Ahmadabad is located, said at least 16 bombs went off Saturday evening in several neighborhoods of the busy city.

Mr. Modi called the blasts “a crime against humanity” and said the state government would cover the medical costs of all those wounded in the attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either set of blasts, and it was not clear if they were connected, but Mr. Modi said the attacks appeared to be masterminded by a group or groups who “are using a similar modus operandi all over the country.”

Distraught relatives of the wounded crowded the city’s hospitals, and television channels showed video footage of police officers and sniffer dogs scouring the areas that were hit.

There also were images of a bus with shattered windows, destroyed roadside stalls, twisted bicycles and charred vehicles. Most of the blasts took place in the narrow lanes of the older part of Ahmadabad, which is crowded with tightly packed homes and small businesses.

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