Seven killed in Bombay train blast

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  • Friday, 14 Mar 2003

BOMBAY: At least seven people were killed and 50 to 60 injured in a bomb blast yesterday in a commuter train here, police said, the latest in a string of blasts in India's financial capital. 

The explosion occurred in a women's-only coach at Mulund station in a middle-class suburb as commuters returned home from work, a police official said. 

“It's a bomb blast. At least seven people are dead and 15 people are injured,” said the official. 

The previous bombs in January and December were planted in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots sparked by the destruction of a mosque by Hindu fundamentalists in the northern Indian town of Ayodhya in 1992.  

Meanwhile, four people were killed yesterday when a bomb ripped through a bus in southern Indian Kashmir, hours before another two people died in a taxi ambush in a neighbouring district, police said. 

Two dozen people were also injured in the powerful blast which destroyed the bus as it waited at the terminus in the town of Rajouri. 

Rajouri is one of the flashpoint areas in the ongoing militancy by Islamic rebels fighting Indian rule in the divided Himalayan region. – AFP/Reuters 

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