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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 July, 2005, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
In pictures: Ayodhya attack
The wrecked vehicle of the attackers
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Gunmen blasted their way through a security fence and stormed the Ayodhya holy site in northern India. At least five attackers died in a two-hour gun battle with police.
The charred remains of the car-bomb jeep used to blast a hole in the security fence
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The body of a sixth suspected attacker was found by the charred remains of a jeep, laden with explosives, which the gunmen used to breach the perimeter.
Indian army in position during the attack by militants
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The attackers tried to gain access to the inner sanctum of the disputed site but were quickly surrounded by security forces.
A plain clothes police officer shows grenade and other ammunition carried by the suspected militants
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Police say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles and hand grenades. Three members of the security forces were injured.
Police personnel look at the body of a suspected militant who was killed in the gun battle.
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Police and onlookers surround the body of one of the gunmen. No group has so far claimed the attack.
An Indian policeman stands guard at the entrance to the Defence Ministry in Delhi
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Security has been tightened across India in the aftermath of the attack, which angered right-wing Hindus. The authorities have appealed for calm.


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