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article imageEight bomb blasts hit Temple where Buddha reached enlightenment

By Valerie Benguiat     Jul 7, 2013 in World
Patna - Two people were injured in a series of explosions yesterday at the Bodh Gaya Buddhist temple complex in eastern India, the site where Buddha is said to have attained enlightment.
According to the Bangkok Post, there were eight low-intensity explosions in quick succession inside and outside the temple. The first bomb was set off at around 5:30 am (local time) on Sunday, according to local authorities, and the last blast took place at 6 am.
The two people injured were a 30-year-old Buddhist monk from Myanmar and a 50-year-old pilgrim from Tibet. Both have been admitted with minor injuries at the Magadh Medical College and Hospital.
Local police retrieved two live bombs, and they defused them on site.
According to Sky News, no one has claimed responsibility for the explosions so far. But state police said they earlier warned officials that Islamic militants could target the site as revenge for Buddhist violence against Muslims in neighbouring Burma.
The temple and the Mahabodhi tree weren’t damaged during the explosions. The Mahabodhi tree is believed to be the one under which Buddha meditated and reached enlightenment.
The Mahabodhi temple complex was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2002, and yearly receives Buddhist pilgrims from China, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and other South Asian nations.
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