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Indian Railway Bomb Kills 10

June 22, 1999

CALCUTTA, India (AP) _ A bomb exploded today at a railway station in northeastern India, killing 10 people and injuring 80 in an attack that police blamed on Pakistan.

The blast just after noon at New Jalpaiguri, 270 miles north of Calcutta, was heard a half mile away and ripped off the railroad station’s iron roof, said Ramkrishna Roy, a police inspector.

There was no claim of responsibility for the bombing. But Roy said Pakistan’s intelligence agency was believed to have been involved in the attack.

Chief Minister Jyoti Basu, the West Bengal state’s top elected official, met with other officials today to review security.

Police Inspector Prasun Mukherjee confirmed that two of the 10 dead were army privates, among a group on their way to fight at the Kashmir front where India is battling Muslim intruders who seized Himalayan mountain peak strongholds in May.

The bomb exploded between two platforms just as a regional train pulled into the station, police said.

At least 42 of the injured were hospitalized in critical condition, Press Trust of India quoted railway physician Dr. A.K. Das as saying.

United News of India said 16 soldiers were seriously injured.

The explosion damaged two cars of a train that was to have headed southeast to Cooch Behar in West Bengal, said Roy.

Aside from Pakistan, other enemies of the Indian government include tribal and ethnic groups in eastern India fighting guerrilla campaigns for greater autonomy or independence.

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