India a New Cycle of Violence

Sikh separatists launch an all-out campaign of terrorism

The time was 7 p.m. last Friday, the end of the rush hour, and New Delhi bus stations were filled with commuters headed back to the suburbs. At the interstate bus terminal near the old city's Kashmir Gate, passengers were boarding two long-distance buses bound for towns in the adjoining state of Uttar Pradesh. Suddenly explosions ripped through the vehicles, shattering windows and filling the station with acrid smoke. Panic broke out and passengers frantically scrambled away from the platforms. When rescuers arrived a few minutes later, they found seven people dead in the wreckage; 30 others were injured, many critically.

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