Bomb kills two at Ajmer Sharif dargah

NEW DELHI Thu Oct 11, 2007 10:59pm IST

Security personnel and onlookers stand at the site of a blast at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty in Ajmer October 11, 2007. A small bomb exploded just after evening prayers at the famous shrine in Rajasthan on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 17, according to police and officials. REUTERS/Stringer

Security personnel and onlookers stand at the site of a blast at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty in Ajmer October 11, 2007. A small bomb exploded just after evening prayers at the famous shrine in Rajasthan on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 17, according to police and officials.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A small bomb exploded just after evening prayers at the famous Ajmer Sharif shrine in Rajasthan on Thursday, killing at least two people and wounding 17, according to police and officials.

The blast occurred at around 6.15 p.m. just outside the shrine, or dargah, in Ajmer just before the end of the Ramadan fasting month.

Around 200 people were in and around the shrine at the time, many breaking their fast after prayers, police said. The bomb had been placed under a tree.

"A big crowd had gathered outside the main shrine to break their fast," Lalit Maheswari, additional police chief for Ajmer told Reuters. "The bomb was placed in a bag."

"We have recovered some mobile instruments, so we think some sophisticated device was used, but an investigation is going on."

Television pictures showed a man being stretchered from the site with his clothes apparently torn from his body and what appeared to be a corpse with his eyes open.

"There was total chaos, people were rushed to the hospital," Furkan Ali Chishty Niazi, an official from the dargah told Reuters by telephone.

Local city official Naveen Mahajan said two people had died, 17 were wounded, and one was in critical condition.

"We have cordoned off the area, and a bomb squad team is searching the dargah premises," he told Reuters.

The shrine, which contains the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisty, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Muslims in India.

Hindus and Sikhs also visit the shrine, which lies some 350 km southwest of New Delhi, and is seen as a symbol of communal harmony.

Pakistani leaders, including Pervez Musharraf, Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq and Benazir Bhutto, have all visited the shrine during state visits, which has also attracted Bollywood stars like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

Shortly afterwards, in disputed Kashmir, at least two suspected Muslim militants stormed a police camp in Srinagar, firing guns and throwing grenades, police said.

The gunbattle was still continuing and there were no further details, they added.

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