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Friday, 1 March, 2002, 15:46 GMT
In pictures: Troops in Gujarat
Hundreds of troops have been deployed across the western Indian state of Gujarat in an attempt to quell the worst outbreak of Hindu-Muslim bloodshed in ten years.

Police said the clashes entered a new phase on Friday in Ahmedabad, the state's largest city, as sporadic violence flared across the country.

Army patrol in Ahmedabad
Almost 1,000 troops were sent into Gujarat

Police truck and rioters
Rioters taunted security forces as they patrolled the streets

Hindu activists wave swords at Muslim mob
Police said the violence had entered 'a new phase'

Rioting in Ahmedabad
Hindu mobs ran running street battles with Muslim gangs

Soldier firing
It is not known how many people have died so far

Destroyed house in Ahmedabad
Parts of Ahmedabad have been reduced to ashes

Tear gas canisters being prepared in Delhi
Security forces across India have been put on alert
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