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Twin bomb blasts at Indian train station leave 1 dead

CHENNAI, India--Twin bombs planted on a train killed one person and wounded at least nine others in the southern Indian port of Chennai Thursday, the latest attack during ongoing national elections, officials said.

The low-intensity blasts occurred in carriages of an overnight train from Bangalore as it pulled into Chennai central station shortly after 7 a.m. (0130 GMT).

A 22-year-old woman working at IT outsourcing firm TCS was killed when one of the devices which had been placed underneath her seat exploded, said Rakesh Misra, general manager of the southern region for Indian Railways.

“At least two people have suffered grievous injuries and seven have minor injuries,” Misra told reporters at the scene.

“Civil police ... are investigating what kind of bomb it was and why anyone would have placed the bomb.”

Security forces cordoned off the blood-splattered platform where a large crowd of onlookers and delayed passengers gathered, while searches by bomb detection teams were stepped up in other stations.

Chennai police chief J.K. Tripathi told AFP that they were yet to detain any suspects, despite local media reports of one or two people being questioned over the crude explosives.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the attack, saying that “such barbaric acts targeting innocent men, women and children only highlight the desperation and cowardice of those responsible.”

Multiple low-intensity explosions are typically the hallmark of the Indian Mujahideen, a home-grown militant network which is thought to have

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Indian policemen stand guard next to a passenger train, left, that was ripped apart by two blasts at a railway station in Chennai, India, yesterday.

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