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Three gunmen killed in Hindu temple attack
AFAR
9/24/2002

GANDHINAGAR, India -- Indian commandos killed 3 gunmen who attacked a Hindu temple in Gujarat city on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 70. About 500 people were evacuated from the temple complex.

Besides being a religious place visited by many Hindus, there is no other significance of the temple. There is suspicion that splinter groups in Pakistan are responsible for this act of violence. "Fingerprints of the various organizations based in Pakistan are all over this incident," said Lali Mansingh, the Indian ambassador to the United States.

India's Deputy Prime Minister and home minister L.K. Advani, called the attackers "enemies of the nation." As a result of the incident, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is expected to cut short his trip to Maldives and return home early.

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