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GAUHATI, INDIA, October 26, 2001: A powerful bomb exploded during a Hindu festival in India's northeast, killing four people, including one child, and seriously wounding 24 others, officials said Friday. The bomb exploded late Thursday beneath a stage erected for the worship of Durga -- a Hindu goddess lionized for Her valor -- in Gauripur town, local government official Prosanta Kumar Borua said. Hundreds of devotees were near the stage at the time of the blast, Borua said. The hugely popular five-day festival of Durga Puja, celebrated in many parts of the country Friday, commemorates the victory of Durga over her enemies.