Indian police shoot dead bomb suspect amid terror alert
LUCKNOW, India : Police in India shot dead a man suspected of links to triple bomb attacks that killed 23 people in Hinduism's holiest city and sparked a nationwide terror alert.

Counter-terrorism forces gunned down the suspect just hours after the blasts in Varanasi, which also left 68 people wounded and raised fears of a Hindu backlash.

"Probably he was involved in the Varanasi blasts," police superintendent Rajesh Pandey said after the authorities said they suspected "terrorists", a euphemism for Islamic extremists, were behind the carnage on Tuesday evening.

The suspect was found with 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of explosives after he was shot on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, 300 kilometres (190 miles) north of Varanasi.

The Press Trust of India news agency said the man, named by police as Salar, was a suspected member of the Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.
Posted by: phil_b 2006-03-08