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Police defuse bomb on rail tracks in India

POLICE defused a powerful bomb placed on railway tracks in the Indian western state of Gujarat yesterday, minutes after a train passed over the device.

The bomb, fitted with a timer, was found by a security patrol at Anand station, said Ashok Kumar Mishra, a senior police officer.

The bomb was timed for early morning but did not go off due to a fault, Mishra said, adding a train had passed minutes before they found it.

Gujarat is one of India's most communally sensitive states. Some 2,500 people, mostly Muslims, were killed there in religious rioting in 2002. The violence came after 59 Hindu pilgrims were burnt to death inside a train.

A series of 16 bombs ripped through Gujarat's main city, Ahmedabad, in July last year, killing 45 people and wounding more than 100.


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