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Orissa Landmine Blast Kills Five Christians

ICC Note

Pregnant woman and a child were among the victim of the blast that took place in Orissa. The victims  were returning to their village in an ambulance from a hospital where the pregnant woman had gone for checkup. No one has yet taken responsiblity for the attack.

By Ajay Kumar Singh
11/29/2010 India (UCANEWS)-Five Christians, including a pregnant woman and a child, were killed in a landmine blast in Orissa, eastern India on Saturday.

The blast occurred around 11 p.m. on Saturday at Bamumigam, a village in Kandhamal district, the focus of months-long anti-Christian violence two years ago.

The deceased were returning to their village of Tajungia in an ambulance from a hospital where the woman had gone for checkup. The blast also killed her husband, a health worker and the driver.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast but police suspect Maoists. Others suspect other radical groups may be to blame.

On Nov. 25, Maoists allegedly killed Manoj Kumar Sahu, a contractor, in the same area of the landmine blast.

Church workers have condemned the blast.

“Whatever happened is unfortunate,” said Divine Word Father Nicholas Barla, a tribal activist. Targeting “innocent lives reflects lawlessness and it has to stop,” the priest told on Nov. 29.

Sister Justine Senapti, a human rights activist, said the blast is condemnable whoever was behind it. “Since we cannot create life, we have no right to take it away,” the St. Joseph of Annecy nun added.

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