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DATE=6/19/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIAN BOMB BLASTS / L-O NUMBER=2-263521 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: In India, a double bomb explosion has killed a young girl and a man in New Delhi and injured 11 other people. The explosions took place Sunday night in the heart of the city's old quarter -- opposite the 17th century Red Fort. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports there has been no claim of responsibility for the blasts but police say the attack is similar to one that occurred earlier this year. Text: Police say the blasts were timed to cause maximum damage and create panic in a crowded market in Old Delhi. The first blast -- which killed two people -- ripped through a bus ticket booth. Ten minutes later, another explosion took place about 100 meters away in a market stall. The popular shopping area was packed with thousands of people at the time of the blasts. The explosions were the fourth bomb attack to occur in New Delhi so far this year. Indian news agencies quote police as saying the type of explosive used in Sunday's attack is similar to that used in a bomb which exploded at the Old Delhi railway station in January. In the past, police have blamed most bomb attacks on Pakistan's Inter-services Intelligence Agency or on Kashmir separatist groups. Pakistan routinely denies involvement in such attacks and blames Indian intelligence agencies for similar attacks on its soil. Buses and trains are common targets for bomb attacks in India. Police say such attacks increase in the weeks leading up to India's Independence Day celebrations, August 15th. Police say most attacks are carried out by different separatist groups. However, criminal organizations and private militias have also been known to use bomb attacks in their activities. (Signed) neb/jlt/wd 19-Jun-2000 06:37 AM EDT (19-Jun-2000 1037 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .