At least two people were wounded Sunday in a series of nine small bomb explosions at the Mahabodhi Temple complex in the Indian city of Bodhgaya, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites, police told Efe.
The attack occurred between 5:30 and 6 a.m. with four explosions in the main temple, three in the adjoining monastery, one outside the monastery and another in a bus parked in front of the complex, a spokesman for the local police said.
The bomb blasts were relatively small and did not damage the religious complex, which is located in the northern state of Bihar and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002.
Police sources consulted by Efe put the number of wounded at two, but media outlets such as NDTV television said that five people had been injured in the blasts, including two Tibetan pilgrims who were subsequently hospitalized.
"This is an attack," Home Secretary Anil Goswami told the local PTI news agency, adding that responsibility for the attack had not yet been claimed by any group.
The Mahabodhi Temple is the site where, underneath a fig tree, Buddha is said to have attained spiritual fulfillment more than 2,600 years ago.
A fig tree considered to be descended from the tree that sheltered Buddha is tended at the complex and each year the site is visited by thousands of pilgrims and tourists from countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar. EFE