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India announces reward as investigators fail to get breakthrough in multiple blasts in Buddhist temple


08:37, July 11, 2013

NEW DELHI, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Indian authorities Wednesday announced a reward of 20,000 U.S. dollars for any information leading to Sunday's multiple blasts in a world famous Buddhist temple complex in the eastern state of Bihar, three days after investigators failed to get a breakthrough.

Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who visited the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya town, some 150 km from state capital Patna, along with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, claimed that several leads were being pursued to nab the perpetrators.

"Our goal is to reach the actual perpetrators and not apportion blame on one or the other before arriving at a conclusion," Shinde told media.

A series of 10 blasts rocked the premises of Mahabodhi temple, one of the holiest Buddhist shrines. The first blast took place at 5.30 a.m. local time, followed by nine successive blasts. Three live bombs were found and defused.

There has been, however, no damage to the main shrine in the temple which is visited by millions of pilgrims annually.

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