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Bombs Hit Buddhist Complex in Eastern India, 2 Wounded

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An Indian security personnel walks next to bloody footprints inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, after a series of explosions at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, July 7, 2013.

An Indian security personnel walks next to bloody footprints inside the Mahabodhi temple complex, after a series of explosions at Bodh Gaya in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, July 7, 2013.

Several bombs have exploded at a Buddhist complex in eastern India, wounding two pilgrims and causing some damage.

Indian authorities said eight devices exploded in and around the Bodhgaya temple complex on Sunday. They said the blasts wounded a Tibetan and a Burmese citizen and destroyed a temple door, but otherwise had little impact on the complex, which is a UNESCO world heritage site popular with pilgrims and tourists. Two unexploded bombs were found and defused.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the bombings, saying "such attacks on religious places will never be tolerated."

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But, Indian police and opposition figures said intelligence reports had indicated that militants were planning to attack Bodhgaya in response to recent sectarian fighting between Buddhists and Muslims in neighboring Burma.

Buddhists revere Bodhgaya as the place where the Buddha achieved enlightenment.

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