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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-01

Two blasts ripped through a passenger train in India’s southern city Chennai on Thursday, killing a 22 year-old female passenger, officials said.

The explosions occurred in two coaches as the train was pulling into the city’s central station, injuring a total of nine people – two of them seriously – and killing the woman.

“The incident consists of minor-intensity blasts in two coaches,” Rakesh Misra, general manager of Southern Railway, told reporters, adding that both cars were sleeper-class coaches. “The police are already on the job, they are investigating what kind of bomb it was and what was the purpose.”

Local TV stations showed chaotic scenes at the station, with the injured being rushed from the platform for treatment.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosions.

The incident comes amid heightened security in India as the country nears the end of an election of unprecedented scale involving more than 800 million people. Police have increased surveillance on suspected members of the Indian Mujahideen, as well as Maoist guerrillas fighting to overthrow the government in the east and south of the country.

The train originated in Bangalore and was headed to Gauhati, the main city in the remote northeastern state of Assam. The train was running behind schedule, so officials were not sure if the intended target was Chennai.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2014-05-01

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