Bomb outside north India temple kills one

Tue Dec 7, 2010 5:29pm GMT

By Alka Pande

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A bomb outside a temple in northern India killed a child and injured several Hindu worshippers and foreign nationals on Tuesday.

A bomb left at a bathing point outside a Hindu temple in the pilgrim city of Varanasi -- a tourist destination -- went off around the time of crowded evening prayers, police said.

Police said a two-year-old girl died from her injuries in hospital. The blast triggered a small stampede in which several people were injured. Officials said about 20 to 25 people were hurt in the explosion and stampede.

Television images showed blood-soaked debris scattered outside the temple by the River Ganges, considered holy by Hindus and frequented by foreign tourists.

Women were seen sobbing amid overturned tables and chairs.

"We heard a very massive blast immediately. I saw people running," witness Devendra Singh told NDTV television.

"I have seen the police, ambulance and the police vehicles coming in ... They have asked us to move and I am moving out from that place and going back to the hotel," he said.

India remains jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 which killed 166 people and raised tensions between India and Pakistan.   Continued...

<p>Onlookers stand at the site of a blast in the northern Indian city of Varanasi December 7, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer</p>
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