11 injured in Indian train bomb blast

At least 11 people were injured today when a bomb exploded in a train in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

At least 11 people were injured today when a bomb exploded in a train in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

The explosion took place in a carriage as the train neared the Chandrapora station, 25 miles north of Ranchi, the state capital, said BK Sharma, a railway official.

The train was on its way from Patna, capital of the neighbouring Bihar state, and was headed for Ranchi, 185 miles to the south.

Doctors said two of the injured were in critical condition.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but it carried the hallmarks of communist rebel groups, such as the People’s War Group and the Communist Centre in Jharkhand, said a police official.

The rebels have been fighting for two decades for communist homelands in several of India’s poorest regions. Jharkhand is a resource-rich, but underdeveloped state of 27.5 million people, most of whom belong to indigenous tribes.

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