Sunday, November 21, 2010

Police leave bomb in India field; 8 die

AURANGABAD, India, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A bomb planted by Maoist rebels exploded Sunday morning in eastern India, killing eight people and wounding 11 others, police said.

The device was discovered Saturday by a police team in a field in the Aurangabad district of Bihar state, on the last day of elections, but it was left there in the absence of a bomb squad, the Press Trust of India reported.

Seven victims, five of them children, died at the scene and the eighth in a hospital.

Bihar Police Superintendent Vivek Raj Singh said the bomb was planted by the Maoist Naxalite guerrillas in the village of Pachokhar. The rebels had ordered voters to boycott the election.

The bodies at the scene were not yet identified because enraged villagers kept the police out of the field.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an investigation and compensation for families of the victims.

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