Explosion Hits South India Church
Jul. 10, 2000
BANGALORE, India (AP) _ An explosion shattered windows in a church in southern India shortly after hundreds of people had attended an annual feast, police said Monday.
The blast Sunday night caused no injuries but left a small crater in the floor in a church in Bangalore, capital of southern Karnataka state, police said.
Hundreds of residents became angry, hurling stones and setting fire to motorized rickshaws, police said.
No one claimed responsibility for the blast. It followed an explosion last week in St. Lutheran Church in the city of Hubli, 250 miles north of Bangalore, and another explosion in a church in Wadi, 65 miles north of Hubli.
In the past two years, two fundamentalist Hindu groups have been accused of killing or wounding Christian missionaries, destroying churches and intimidating Christians. The groups accuse Christian missionaries of offering money to induce poor, illiterate people to join the Christian faith.