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Serial blasts rock Bhutan, woman injured

A woman has been injured and some property damaged as four serial blasts rocked poll-bound Bhutan on Sunday including one in the capital, police said.

world Updated: Jan 20, 2008 20:38 IST

A woman was injured and some property damaged as four serial blasts rocked poll-bound Bhutan on Sunday including one in the capital, police said.

The four blasts took place within a span of three hours between 11 am and 2 pm, a spokesman of the Royal Bhutan Police said.

The first blast took place near a vegetable market at Samste district but no one was hurt.

In the second blast here, windowpanes and walls of some buildings were damaged. A woman received splinter injuries in her leg in the third blast that occurred in Gedu in Chukha district.

The fourth blast took place in Dagana but there was no report of any casualty. Police said a second explosive device, which did not go off, was found in the same area.

The spokesman said one of the three militant groups based in Nepal -- Bhutan Tiger Force, Bhutan Maoists Party and Communist Party of Bhutan -- was suspected to be behind the blasts.

This is the first major attack in the Himalayan kingdom in recent times. The country's election Commission on Thursday announced that polls to the lower house of parliament would be held on March 24.