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Two-story hotel collapses in India

Bombs hit Buddhist sites

Rescue workers worked through the day to free victims trapped in the rubble of the hotel City Light, which collapsed in Hyderabad, India, early Monday, killing at least 12 people.

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Rescue workers worked through the day to free victims trapped in the rubble of the hotel City Light, which collapsed in Hyderabad, India, early Monday, killing at least 12 people.

HYDERABAD, India — A two-story hotel collapsed in southern India early Monday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 18 others, police said.

More people were feared trapped in the debris of the City Light hotel in a suburb of Hyderabad, police officer Anurag Sharma said.

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Rescue operations were continuing at the hotel, which was about 80 years old. The hotel was in the Secunderabad suburb of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

In a separate matter Monday, authorities said one man has been detained and sketches of two others have been prepared as investigators search for clues into a series of blasts at some of Buddhism’s holiest sites in eastern India.

Two people were wounded in the eight explosions Sunday in and around the main temple complex in Bodh Gaya, the town where the Buddha is believed to have gained enlightenment.

The Mahabodhi or the Great Awakening Temple is the main shrine in the town and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Another explosion took place in an empty tourist bus parked near the temple complex.

Senior police officer S.K. Bhardwaj said Monday that police had detained a man whose identification documents were found at one of the sites. He provided no further details.

The temple complex reopened Monday after monks held a special prayer.

Federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said federal investigators were in charge of the inquiry.

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