The story comes from Hindustan Times via The Religion of Peace.
Terror attack rocks Bihar's Bodh Gaya, serial blasts at Mahabodhi temple
Nine serial blasts in a coordinated terror attack rocked the Mahabodhi temple complex in south central Bihar's Buddhist pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya early on Sunday, injuring two monks.
"It is a terror attack," Union minister of state for home RPN Singh said about the blasts that took place between 5:30 and 5:58am.
Sources in the ministry of home affairs said there had been intelligence of a possible attack on the temple and Bihar was alerted last month.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) had alerted the state that two terrorists, brothers originally from Bihar but based abroad in recent years, had entered the state to carry out terror attacks, according to an official aware about the intelligence input.
According to intelligence sources, Bodh Gaya has been in the crosshairs of Pakistan-based terrorists, who want to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar.
The police said crude explosives were used for the low-intensity blasts. No structural damage was reported to the 7th century temple, which is regarded as one of the holiest Buddhist shrines and is a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Buddhists from all over the world visit the temple, which has the Bodhi tree under which Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.
"The holy Bodhi tree is safe and there is no damage to it," said Bihar director general of police Abhayanand.
While four blasts took place inside the Mahabodhi Temple complex, three occurred at the Terega monastery, the usual abode of the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, whenever he is in town, the police said.
The Karmapa - head of the Karma Kagyu school, one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism - was not in Bodh Gaya at the time of the blasts.
A blast also took place near the base of an 80-feet-tall Buddha statue and another went off inside an empty tourist bus, bearing Uttar Pradesh registration, parked close to the temple complex. Gaya City superintendent of police Chandan Kushwaha said two live bombs were recovered from the area - one of them near the 80-ft Buddha statue - and defused.
The Centre rushed experts from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Security Guard (NSG) to the site of the blasts.
Arvind Singh, a member of Mahabodhi Temple Management Committee, said the injured monks - Myanmar national Vilas Ga, 30, and Tibetan Tenzing Dorjee, 50, were admitted to Magadh Medical College and Hospital.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar condemned the blasts and rushed to Bodh Gaya, about 140 km southwest of capital Patna. He admitted the IB and other security agencies had alerted the state government about the Mahabodhi temple complex being in terror crosshairs, but evaded questions on lapse in security.
Kumar said he would request the Centre to deploy the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to take over the security of the temple complex. "This is the appropriate agency for the job."
Last year, security of the Mahabodhi temple was handed over to the special task force of Bihar Police.
State additional director general of police (law and order) SK Bhardwaj said prima facie the serial blasts were the handiwork of some terrorist organisation.
No terrorist outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. Gaya is also a Maoist stronghold.
Bodh Gaya is a high priority area and always has an adequate amount of security cover. Pilgrims are thoroughly checked before they enter the temple.
Investigators are trying to ascertain the point of security breach.
Attacks on Buddhists are rare in India but there have been tensions in the wider region recently following clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The complex attracts visitors from around the world during the peak tourist season from October to March.