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10/30/05 World News: New Delhi On High Alert Following Deadly Blasts


Security forces in the Indian capital, New Delhi, are on high alert (today/Sunday) one day after a series of blasts rocked the city, killing at least 61 people and injuring more than 150 others.
Authorities declared a state of emergency, closed down all marketplaces in the city and appealed to citizens to stay away from public areas. Armed police set up roadblocks around the capital.

The United States has condemned the multiple explosions that struck in the Indian capital, New Delhi on Saturday.
In a statement released late Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described the deadly blasts as a heinous act that deliberately targeted innocent civilians preparing for holiday celebrations. She said fighting terrorism is a struggle shared around the world and that the United States stands with India as it seeks to bring the guilty to justice.

International relief officials have welcomed an agreement by India and Pakistan to open their heavily militarized border in disputed Kashmir to help victims of this month's devastating earthquake.
A statement by the two governments released in Islamabad today (Sunday) said crossings would be opened at five points to allow people to cross in both directions on foot beginning November 7th. Priority will go to families divided by the de facto border.

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