Churches in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have been provided with police protection after a bomb explosion on Sunday night.
    No-one was injured in the blast but the windows of the church were damaged.
    It was the second such attack in two days and follows an increase in attacks against India's minority Christians.
    Church leaders told the BBC the Christian community was now frightened.
    Police say the bomb - placed outside the Church of Saint Peter and Paul in a working-class district of Bangalore - was a crude, home-made device.
    On Saturday, a similar bomb exploded at a church in the town of Hubli - some 400km north of Bangalore - but nobody was hurt.
    Karnataka Chief Minister S M Krishna attended a church service on Sunday and promised a strong response.
    "The culprits will face ruthless action from the government," he said.
14 July 00

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