major cities have been placed on high alert after a string of blasts in the
western part of the country killed at least 45 people.
Police say at least 16 bombs went off Saturday in several crowded neighborhoods in the historic city of Ahmedabad. More than 100 people have been wounded in the attacks.
Indian television reported that a little-known group called "Indian Mujahedin" has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Saturday's attacks came a day after a string of explosions in the southern city of Bangalore killed one person and wounded six others.
Government ministers said the attacks were meant to destabilize the country by inciting communal tension.
Ahmedabad was the scene of deadly riots between Hindus and Muslims in 2002 that killed at least one thousand people.
India's Junior Home Minister Shaklee Ahmed said he was shocked the attack occurred despite a high security alert in Indian cities following Friday's explosions in Bangalore.
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AFP, AP and Reuters.