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From the BBC

Deadly blasts hit Indian capital

At least 20 people have been killed and scores wounded in a series of suspected bomb blasts in India's capital, Delhi.

Two explosions took place in markets in central and southern Delhi which were crowded with people shopping ahead of religious festivals next week.

The third blast occurred in the area of Govindpuri which is in the southern part of the city.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed "terrorists" for the blasts and said he would not tolerate militant violence.

No-one has yet admitted carrying out the explosions.

Pakistan condemnation

Details of the casualties are still unclear. Although 20 people are confirmed dead, unofficial reports say up to 50 may have been killed.

The blasts left a scene of widespread devastation

Government officials indicated most of those killed died in the blast at the southern Sarojini Nagar market.

They said a number also died in the first explosion, in the crowded central neighbourhood of Paharganj, an area close to Delhi's main railway station and popular with Western backpackers.

Some reports say the Govindpuri blast was a bus bomb and that three people died, although this could not be confirmed.

Prime Minister Singh, who is in the north-east but is returning to Delhi immediately, urged people to remain calm.

"The prime minister has expressed shock and distress over the blasts but has asserted that militant violence would not weaken the country's resolve to fight terrorism," spokesman Sanjaya Baru said.

India's long-term rival Pakistan condemned the explosions.

Its foreign ministry said in a statement: "Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Delhi, which have resulted in the loss of a number of innocent lives.

"The attack in a crowded market place is a criminal act of terrorism."

Many shops were damaged in the market blasts.

"The blast was so powerful, my house shook," Kiran Mohan, a photo editor who lives about 200m (650 ft) away from Sarojini market, told Associated Press.

Babu Lal Khandelwal, a shop owner in Paharganj, said: "There was black smoke everywhere. When the smoke cleared and I could see, there were people bloody and people lying in the street."

The BBC's Paul Danahar, who was at the site of the blast in Sarojini Nagar, says the scene was one of carnage and confusion.

Most of the people affected were ordinary people out shopping in the festival season, he says.

Both the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali and the Muslim festival of Eid fall next week.

In May one person died and 49 were wounded by bombs at two Delhi cinemas - an attack blamed on Sikh militants.

Wait up now. Dont start off at the stuff in blue. Its just a statement, no one is blaming the Sikhs for this particular attack.

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Das was near the blast site as that day Das was to visit Ustad(Coach) of his Akhara(wrezstling gym).

Das did visit the spot of the Pahraganj.

Das found a strange feeling in hindus and sikhs who were like collecting service in the form of wealth for quake vicomes in POK.

Many of them were saying that it should be stopped immedeitly as 'they' are killing us while we serve them.

Das only request that we must not generalise this that all pakistanis are bad.

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