Thursday, August 17, 2006

Grenade blast at HareKrishna temple during Janmashtami.

A grenade blast in a Hare Krishna temple during a major Hindu religious festival killed four people in India’s northeast today, police said.

Another 40 people were injured, mostly in a stampede that followed the blast in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, while Hindus were celebrating the birthday of Hindu god Krishna, said police officer Kasim Ali.

The temple belongs to the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON.

The injured included four foreign nationals, an army officer said.

One of them was an American taken to hospital in the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences in Imphal, Chandra Mani Singh, an institute official, said.

No other details were immediately available.

The attack occurred despite tight police and paramilitary security in and around the temple where hundreds of Hindus congregated for the festival.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast.

Goswami said the attackers escaped after detonating the grenade.

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Relatives and friends mourn near the coffins of victims who died in grenade blast in Imphal, in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006. A grenade explosion and subsequent stampede during a Hindu festival in Manipur on Wednesday left four people dead and 40 injured, including at least four foreigners. (AP Photo/K. Sharatchandra)
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