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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Malegaon Blast

At least two people were feared killed and dozens of people were wounded in a blast outside a mosque in Maharashtra on Friday, police said.
"We have heard of a blast outside a mosque in Malegaon (town). There are reports of injuries but we have no news of any deaths yet," P.S. Pasricha, Maharashtra's police chief, said.
Thousands had gathered at the mosque for Friday prayers in the town which is 260 km northeast of Mumbai. According to initial reports, there had been more than one explosion, but that could not be confirmed.

Mumbai was placed on high alert following a blast in Maharashtra's textile town of Malegaon on Friday, police said. The entire city and especially some sensitive areas have been placed on high alert, they said. Security has been stepped up at entry and exit points, at vital installations and places of worship, police said. In view of the July 11 serial train blasts in the city, security forces have already been on alert.


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