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5 killed in Indian mosque bombing

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• Five people killed in bomb explosion at packed mosque in Hyderabad, India
• Bomb struck at the close of Friday prayers
• Mecca Masjid considered one of the largest mosques in Asia
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(CNN) -- Five people were killed in a bomb explosion that struck a packed mosque in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad at the close of Friday prayers, a senior police official says.

Thousands of worshippers were inside Mecca Masjid -- considered one of the largest mosques in Asia -- at the time.

At least seven people were wounded in the blast in the mosque's courtyard, the official said.

A bomb disposal squad was immediately deployed to the area, where two other live bombs were defused, Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy told CNN sister network CNN/IBN.

Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil said crude bombs were used in the attack.

Although no individual or group has claimed responsibility, Reddy told reporters it was carried out by "anti-social elements." An investigation has been launched, he said.

A senior police official said additional police forces were deployed to secure the blast site, and security has been tightened throughout the city.

Journalist Ayanjit Sen contributed to this report.

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