A series of attacks in the Indian city may have been intended to incite religious fury between Hindus and Muslims. Some Indian officials suspect terrorist groups from Pakistan and Bangladesh.
India says a series of coordinated bombings Tuesday in the western city of Jaipur were among the country's deadliest terrorist attacks in recent years. National authorities are on high alert for further violence as suspicion shifted to militant Islamic groups in South Asia blamed for previous attacks in India.
At least seven bombs detonated within minutes of each other, blasting crowded early-evening markets, bazaars, and a Hindu temple in Jaipur's pink-hued old city, says the Associated Press. An eighth bomb was found and defused by police. The death toll rose overnight to 80 after more casualties died in the hospital, police said, and 200 were reportedly injured.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, as is the case with most bombings in India. But within hours of the blasts, authorities were suggesting that blame would eventually fall on Pakistan and the Islamic militant groups that India accuses its neighbor of backing.
"One can't rule out the involvement of a foreign power," said India's junior home minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal, using language commonly understood to refer to Pakistan.
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