NEW DELHI, March 8 (UPI) -- Unidentified attackers repeatedly stabbed two Muslims to death in a busy market Friday in India's riot-torn Ahmedabad, bringing the toll to 667 deaths in 10 days of religious clashes.
Bystanders watched in shock as attackers killed the men and fled the scene.
At least 157 of the 667 killings in the west-central city have been stabbings, according to statistics gathered from police by The Times of India. Another 99, mostly Hindus, were recorded killed as police fired to contain rioting mobs.
The majority of deaths -- whose numbers are expected to increase as statistics catch up to events -- have been burned alive in a series of religion-based attacks and reprisals.
Also on Friday, a 29-member delegation, representing the range of political parties in India and led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, arrived in Ahmedabad to make an assessment of the situation in violence-hit parts of the region. Among their stops was to be a visit to the site where a suspected Muslim mob set a train ablaze on Feb. 27, killing 62 Hindus returning from a demonstration. The attack on train sparked anti-Muslim rioting across the region.
While violence appears to have waned in India's bloodiest religious riots in more than a decade, police expect the death toll to rise as more bodies are recovered from burned houses. Many of the 850 injured people are in critical condition and also may not survive, police said.
As many as 2,459 houses, 2,082 shops, 1,084 small offices and 448 vehicles, including 12 buses, have been burned by rioting mobs.
The train that was set ablaze Feb. 27 was returning from Ayodhya, a city in northern India where Hindus want to construct a temple on the ruins of a 16th-century mosque they destroyed in 1992. Muslims are opposed to having the temple built.
The political delegation was scheduled to brief lawmakers in parliament later Friday. Leaders of the Hindu and Muslim communities are also working toward a peaceful solution.
Hindus comprise 82 percent of India's more than 1 billion people, but its Muslim population is the second largest in the world after Indonesia.