At least six people were killed and scores of others were rushed to hospitals after a series of powerful explosions in the walled city of Jaipur, India, Tuesday night, early reports said. Police blamed the explosions on terrorism and said they expected the toll of casualties to mount. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The blasts, which went off in a crowded market area in a span of about 10 minutes, sent shoppers fleeing in panic. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan State, is a popular tourist destination.
Police in Zimbabwe harassed a convoy of ambassadors – among them those of the US, Britain, and Japan – as they visited hospitals to investigate assaults on opponents of the Mugabe government. The incident followed a claim by the UN's representative in Zimbabwe that political violence there was nearing "crisis levels." In a related development, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said one of its newly elected members of parliament was arrested, allegedly for links to a disturbance in his district.