updated 9/29/2008 5:31:10 PM ET 2008-09-29T21:31:10

A low-intensity bomb exploded at a market packed with Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast in western India on Monday, killing one person and wounding 15 others, police said.

Two of the wounded were in critical condition at a hospital in the predominantly Mulsim town of Modasa in western Gujarat state, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Two people on a motorbike dropped a bag containing explosives on a road in the market and fled, the officer said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

A series of blasts have rocked Indian cities and killed more than 140 people since November.

Separately, one person was killed and 15 injured in a blast in a crowded market in the western Indian town of Malegaon, said A. Naik, a police officer.

Naik said it was a gas cylinder blast outside a restaurant in Malegaon, but Indian television news channels quoted unnamed police officers as saying it also was a bomb blast.

Police fired warning shots in the air and used bamboo sticks to disperse an angry mob that converged on the scene of the blast, Naik said.

Two years ago, 31 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a deadly attack on a mosque in Malegaon, a town nearly 180 miles (300 kilometers) northeast of Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra state.

Nearly 75 percent of Malegaon's 500,000 residents are Muslims. Malegaon has long been the scene of violence between Hindus and Muslims.

Breaking Ramadan fast
Monday's blast in the predominantly Muslim town of Modasa as residents were breaking their dawn-to-dusk fast for the holy month of Ramadan, the police officer said.

The town is nearly 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Ahmadabad, Gujarat's main city.

A similar explosion hit a crowded market in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Saturday, killing a teenage boy and wounding 22 others.

A series of blasts in the western state of Gujarat in July killed at least 45 people. The Indian Mujahideen group claimed responsibility for those blasts.

Monday's attack came hours after police in Lucknow, the capital of northern Uttar Pradesh state, arrested a key suspect allegedly involved in some of the recent bombings.

State police spokesman Suren Shrivastava said the man was a member of the Indian Mujahideen.

The Indian Mujahideen also claimed responsibility for Sept. 13 explosions in New Delhi that killed 21 people and wounded 100 others, bombings in the western city of Jaipur in May that killed 61 people, and a series of near-simultaneous explosions that ripped through courthouse complexes in the northern Indian cities of Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad last November, killing 16 people.

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