LUCKNOW, India – Indian counter-terrorism police shot dead on Wednesday a man suspected of involvement in three blasts in Hinduism’s holiest city of Varanasi which killed 23 people, an official said.
“Probably he was involved in the Varanasi blasts,” which also injured 68 people on Tuesday evening, said police superintendent Rajesh Pandey.
He named the man as Salar and said he was found with 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of explosives after the clash with police on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Varanasi.
The Press Trust of India news agency said Salar was a suspected member of Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.
Authorities fear the blasts at a Hindu temple and a railway station in Varanasi may spark a communal backlash and have put security forces on high alert across the country.