20 dead in bombings at Hindu holy city in India

March 8, 2006 06:18

The death toll rose Wednesday to 20 in bombings that rocked a packed railway station and crowded temple in Hinduism's holiest city, raising fears of communal violence between majority Hindus and minority Muslims. Five people died overnight in hospitals following the attacks Tuesday evening in the northern city of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River, Police Superintendent Paresh Pandey told The Associated Press. Officials earlier said that 15 people died in the blasts.

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