Seven bombs exploded in quick succession Tuesday evening in the crowded heart of Jaipur, India, reportedly killing at least 50 people and injuring as many as 150.
No foreign tourists, however, were reported among the casualties at press time.
Indian state and federal officials quickly characterized the series of blasts, which occurred within 50 feet of each other, as a coordinated terrorist attack. No person or group has claimed responsibility.
The first bomb reportedly exploded between 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at a packed temple. (Tuesdays are the traditional day of worship for Hanuman devotees.) Six more blasts quickly followed at nearby sites, including the 18th century Hawa Mahal palace and the Johri Bazaar jewelry market, according to reports. An eighth explosive device was reportedly found and defused by police.
International news sources reported panic and stampeding in the immediate aftermath of the blasts. Police have reportedly sealed off Jaipur’s old city. Other major Indian cities, including the capital city of New Delhi, were on high alert at press time.
Jaipur is a walled city located 160 miles southwest of New Delhi. It has earned the nickname Pink City for its distinctive pink stucco architecture. It is the capital of Rajasthan state and is a popular tourism destination.
Recent bomb attacks in India have included an August 2007 explosion in Hyderabad that killed more than 40, a May 2007 mosque blast that claimed the lives of 14 worshippers and railway attacks in February 2007 and July 2006 that collectively killed more than 225 passengers.
Kenneth Kiesnoski is Travel Weekly's Destinations Editor. E-mail him at [email protected].