Some analysts believe a wave of bomb blasts which exploded at one of Buddhism's holiest sites in India could be linked with ethnic clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The bombs planted across the Maha Bodhi temple in India's Bihar state went off early on Sunday, injuring two monks.

It is the first ever terrorist attack to be launched on Buddhists in India.

Expert analyst Dr Acharya Arabinda says the attack was anticipated after New Delhi police warned state officials that the Maha Bodhi Temple was under threat.

"In October 2012, the New Delhi police arrested some members of the Indian Mujahideen," Dr Arabinda said.

"One of the targets was this temple."

Dr Arabinda believes the attack is clearly linked to ethnic clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar.

"Lots of Indian Muslims have come to Bangladesh," he said.

"They have been living there for more than 20 years now, and a few of the Indian Muslims have joined terrorist groups."

Kingshuk Nag, editor of the Times of India, says there are several links to the bombings but it is too early to tell who is responsible.

"Somebody has suggested that it's linked to the Rohingyas, therefore this was seen as some sort of a retaliatory effect," Mr Nag said.

"Others have also talked about the Indian Mujahideen group of Muslim terrorists.

"Another line of thinking is that it could be the handiwork of the Hindu fundamentalist groups."

Dr Arabinda has criticised the Indian government and police officials for failing to prevent the blasts.

He believes the government and the police should work together more effectively to prevent any future attacks.

Mr Abhayanand, director general of police in Bihar, says they are not able to confirm who is to blame for the attack.

 

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