The Bodh Gaya temple complex in Bihar, Northern India was rocked by a series of explosions on Sunday morning. More than a hundred worshippers were in the temple complex – a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for the Buddha’s enlightenment – when the first blast occurred at 5.45 am, over the next hour there was another nine more blasts.
Indian counterterrorist police are looking into whether a man arrested on Saturday evening for possessing fake Indian currency was involved in the attack. The man is thought to have connections with the banned terrorist outfit, the Indian Mujahideen.
News sources have already started to speculate whether the attacks could be related to recent Buddhist-Muslim violence in Burma. The past few months have witnessed shocking violence against Rohingya Muslim in Myanmar, while the recent Time Magazine cover “The Face of Buddhist Terror” which focuses on nationalist monk U Wirathu and the 969 movement was banned in Sri Lanka, Burma and India through fear of sparking violence. Back in May Indonesian counterterrorist police detained two people in an attempted bomb plot, in which they planned to bomb the Burmese embassy.
News X reports that the CCTV was not working, and intelligence has been ignored