At least 55 injured in blasts in western Indian city

AHMEDABAD, July 26, 2008 (AFP) – At least 55 people were injured as a series of blasts rocked the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on Saturday, senior officials said. The Press Trust of India news agency, quoting city police, said at least two people also died in the explosions but this could not immediately be confirmed.

“At least 55 people have been hospitalised so far and some of them are badly hurt,” said Amit Shah, home minister of Gujarat state, where Ahmedabad city is located.

India Junior Home Minister Shakeel Ahmed said he had reports of six blasts including one in a bustling diamond-trading market and another on a passenger bus.

However, another Junior Home Minister, Sriprakash Jaiswal, put the number of blasts at eight.

“This is very unfortunate and we are surprised that despite a high security alert sounded yesterday after the bomb attacks in Bangalore, the blasts occurred today in Ahmedabad. We are shocked,” Ahmed told reporters.

“It seems there is a lack of coordination between (federal) intelligence agencies and people involved in the policing,” the junior home minister said in New Delhi.

The blasts came a day after eight