- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 7, 2013

Eight small blasts went off in and around a world-famous Buddhist temple in eastern India on Sunday morning, injuring two tourists, officials reported.

Four explosions occurred at the Mahabodhi Temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Bihar state, and four other blasts hit sacred locations around Mahabodhi, Bihar police said.

Two tourists, a 50-year-old Tibetan and a 30-year-old monk from Myanmar, were injured in the attacks, the Times of India reported.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami confirmed that the Bodh Gaya blasts were a terror attack, the Times said.

No one took responsibility for the attack, but suspicion falls on the home-grown Islamist group Indian Mujahideen, Bihar police official S.K. Bhardwaj said, according to CNN.

Asked about the nature of explosives used, he said they were low intensity time bombs.

“We got information about six, seven months back that there may be a terror attack on the Mahabodhi temple,” MR. Bhardwaj added. “After that, we had beefed up security and deployed extra forces.”

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the National Investigation Agency and local police will investigate the incident, the Times of India reported.

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