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May 22, 2007 at 11:40pm IST

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New Delhi: Three blasts rocked the Gorakhpur town in eastern Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday evening.

The blasts occurred in the busy central market of the town called Golghar.

While there are no immediate reports of any deaths, PK Agarwal, Additional District Magistrate of Gorakhpur confirmed at least four six people have been injured.

"There are no critical injuries. Only six persons are critically injured," Agarwal said.

The injured were being treated in a local hospital, he said.

According to sources, the first blast took place at a petrol pump , the second at a shoe shop and the third hit a hotel, called York.

"The three bombs went off in a series. First one hit the Dalkal Building, second blast occurred at Baldev Plaza in the main market while the third one went off at Ganesh Chauraha," the ADM said.

The blasts occurred within 500 metres of each other. The first bomb went off at around 1840 hrs (IST) and was followed by other two in gap of five minutes.

Initial reports indicate the bombs were planted in gunny bags on bicycle parked in the market area.

When asked who could be held responsible for the blasts Aggarwal said, "Its too early to point to anyone. We are busy trying to avert any further possible explosion."

The areas have been cordoned off and a high alert has been sounded across eastern UP that borders Nepal.

Gorapkhpur has a history of violence and communal unrest.

In January 2007, communal tension erupted in Gorakhpur on the eve of the Muharram. BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was arrested on charges of inciting communal violence. Several coaches of the Mumbai-bound Mumbai-Gorakhpur-Godan Express were allegedly by Yogi’s supporters.

TERROR FACT FILE
bullet March 12, 1993: A series of 13 bomb explosions left 257 dead and over 1,400 injured in Mumbai. Targets included the BSE, banks, the regional passport office, hotels, the Air India building and a major shopping complex.
bullet October 1, 2001: Attack on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly complex; around 35 killed.
bullet December 13, 2001: Attack on Parliament complex in New Delhi leaves 12 dead, including six policemen.
bullet September 2002: Terrorists attack Akshardham temple in Gujarat, killing 31.
bullet May 14, 2003: Militants attack army camp near Jammu, killing over 30.
bullet August 15, 2004: Bomb explodes in Assam, killing 16 people, mostly schoolchildren.
bullet October 29, 2005: An apparently coordinated succession of powerful explosions tear through two crowded markets and a public bus in Delhi, killing over 61 people and wounding 155 others.
bullet March 7, 2006: At least 21 people killed in three synchronised attacks in Varanasi.
bullet April 14, 2006: 13 people injured when two bombs explode at Delhi’s Jama Masjid shortly before worshippers gathered for evening prayers.
bullet May 1, 2006: LeT massacres 32 in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir.

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