India detains man over Buddhist shrine blasts

Featured India - July 9th, 2013

Indian police on Monday detained a man in connection with a “terror attack” on a holy Buddhist shrine as authorities released footage of the blasts.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosions, which wounded two monks at the historic Bodh Gaya temple complex in the eastern state of Bihar.

Police arrested a man who was being questioned in connection with the attack after a voter identity card in his name was found during search inside the temple after the blasts, reports Zee News.

CCTV footage that showed two suspicious persons – a man and a woman, about 25 years old – walking away immediately before the explosions were being studied by police.

“The police are doing everything to identify the two persons,” local police official Chandan Kushwaha told AFP.

Investigators said there were a total of 13 low-intensity blasts, ten bombs exploding after being triggered by analog clock timers. Three others were found and defused.

The bombs contained a mix of ammonium nitrate and sulphur and were neatly packed in small cylinders, the National Security Guard’s report said.

Violent clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in neighboring Myanmar may have fueled the attacks, Delhi police said.