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India politician escapes blast


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NEW DELHI, India (CNN) -- A prominent politician in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has escaped with minor injuries when a blast apparently targeted the vehicle he was traveling in, state police told CNN.

Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and a minister in his government received shrapnel wounds when a blast took place at the foothills of the famous Tirupati temple, police said.

State police suspect that militants of the People's War Group (PWG) are behind Wednesday's attack.

Naidu and the other minister are expected to be released from the hospital soon.

The PWG, a leftist group, champions the cause of the landless and targets landlords, law enforcement personnel and other symbols of authority in a wide swathe of territory, including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa.

-- From CNN Producer Maurya Gautam


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