Bodh Gaya bombings

7 July 2013

On July 7, 2013, nine bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex. The temple is a UNESCO World heritage site in Bodh Gaya, India. Five people, including two monks, were injured by the blasts. There were many other devices found but did not explode. These were diffused when found.[1]

Bodh Gaya bombings
Bodhi Tree near the Mahabodhi Temple; where Gautama Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment
Bodh Gaya, Bihar is located in Bihar
Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Location of Bodh Gaya in Bihar.
LocationMahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, India
Date7 July 2013
5:30 - 6:00 (IST)
Attack type
WeaponsCrude bombs and cylinder bombs
Suspected perpetrators
Indian Mujahideen
Communist Party of India (Maoist)

The vihara was not damaged by the attacks. The holy tree where the Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment was not harmed.[2] There have been arrests made. However, no party have claim responsibility for the attack. International figures from the Dalai Lama to Aung San Suu Kyi have expressed their concern.

References change

  1. "5 injured in multiple blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya". The Times of India. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. PTI (July 7, 2013). "2 monks injured as terror strikes Bodh Gaya". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 July 2013.