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Akshardham Temple attack
Location Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
Date Tuesday, September 24-25 2002
4:45p.m.–6:45a.m. (IST)
Target Akshardham (Gandhinagar)
Attack type massacre, mass murder, religious violence
Weapon(s) Grenade, AK-47
Death(s) 33 (including the perpetrators)
Injured 79
Perpetrator(s) 2, names unknown

The Akshardham Temple attack or Akshardham Temple siege occurred on September 25, 2002 when two heavily armed terrorists arrived at the Akshardham Monument in Gandhinagar, the capital of Western Gujarat state in India at around 1630 hrs local time. They scaled the perimeter fence and opened fire, killing a woman and a temple volunteer immediately. About 600 devotees were in the temple at the time. By the end of the attack, 29 devotees were killed and another 79 devotees wounded. Apart from the 25 people killed in the first assault, 1 state police officer and 1 commando also died in the action. One more seriously injured commando Surjan Singh Bhandari who died after nearly 2 years of being in a coma.

Around 50 people were trapped inside the building and quick action of the volunteers in the temple denied the attackers access to people inside. The National Security Guard (NSG) commandos commonly called 'black cats' intervened to end the siege in an operation called vajra shakti. All 50 trapped personnel were rescued and released after identity checks. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS, requested mercy for these Muslim extremists.

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