Terror struck the highly reverred Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi in Ajmer when a bomb went off inside the complex on Thursday evening killing three persons and injuring 17 others as thousands of Muslims were breaking their day-long Ramzan fast.
A near-stampede broke out soon after the bomb kept in a school bag exploded at 1816 hours as people, who were having food after the fast, running ran helter-skelter, many of them profusely bleeding, and overturned plates and eatables lay scattered.
One of the persons killed in the low-intensity blast, which took place a few meters away from the main tomb, was identified as 45-year-old Mohammed Shoaib from Mumbai who had come to offer prayers at the dargah of the 13th century Sufi saint.
Of the 17 injured, who were taken to local Jawaharlal Nehru hospital, the condition of one was critical, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Kanihya Lal said in Jaipur.
It appeared to be a pre-planned terror attack and the bomb was kept in a school bag near a tree at 'Aahetai-e-Noor' (holy place), about 10-15 feet away from main tomb of the Sufi saint, he said.
Image: Relatives and medical personnel take care of injured bomb blast victims at the Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital in Ajmer on Thursday.
Photograph: STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images
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