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Security for India's Commonwealth Games to increase after attacks

Security for the Commonwealth Games has been tightened after a random terrorist attack wounded two tourists in Delhi.

With the games due to start in less than a fortnight officials tried to reassure athletes and the public that they were safe.

Police increased patrols across the city and put more officers on the streets, especially in areas frequented by tourists.

The tourists, from Taiwan, were hurt when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on Sunday near one of India's biggest mosques, the Jama Masjid.

Police launched a massive search for the gunmen and issued a security alert across the Indian capital.

Hours later, the BBC's Hindi language service received an email from the Indian Mujahideen, an Islamic militant group, threatening to attack the upcoming Games which will draw vast crowds to watch 7,000 athletes perform.

The group, which has been linked to the banned Pakistan-based Islamist rebel group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was outlawed in June after it was suspected of involvement in an attack on a bakery in western India in which 10 people died.

New Delhi's top elected official, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, appealed for calm, declaring the city was safe to host the October 3-14 Games in which 71 teams are to take part.

“Please do not panic. An incident like this is something worrying, but nothing to panic about,” he said.

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