Explosion in India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) _ A series of explosions have hit courthouse
complexes in three cities in northern India.

At least 13 lawyers are reported to have been killed and dozens
of others injured.

Federal authorities are blaming militants who they say are
looking to stir unrest between India's Hindu majority and its
Muslim minority.

The blasts went off less than 15 minutes apart in cities in the
state of Uttar Pradesh. A legal group notes that lawyers in the state had decided earlier this year not to defend terrorism suspects.

Police say at least two of the bombs were attached to bicycles
and another to a motorcycle.

One lawyer who escaped unhurt says the blasts went off at
lunchtime, when most lawyers were standing outside. He describes
the scene as "utter panic'' with people "running everywhere.''


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