16 injured in Bangalore blast

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 17, 2013 16:51 hrs

Bangalore, Apr 17 (IBNS) A motor cycle blast ripped through a crowded Bangalore neighbourhood in the morning on Wednesday where the main office of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is located, injuring 16 people, including cops and civilians, police said.

The wounded in the blast, which occurred only 100 metres from the BJP office at around 10-30 am, included two girls.

While the cause of the blast weeks ahead of the Assembly polls on May 5 was not known, Karnataka Director General of Police Lalrokhuma Pachuau said it occurred near the BJP office at Malleshwaram in Bangalore and the injured were out of danger.

However, other sources said several of the injured were in serious condition.

"The National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials have come besides forensic experts. We are examining the place of occurrence minutely.
We do not what is the material of bomb blast," the DGP said.

A police mobile van near the blast also was badly damaged. More than one Omni Maruti vans were gutted in the blast.

Police immediately did not identify it as terror attack but said it is a motorcycle blast from explosives and the motorcyle was ripped apart.

A top police official said there it was an incendiary bomb in the explosion.

He said eight cops and five civilians were injured and of them two were serious. All were hospitalized. Later the DGP said 16 were injured in total but all the injured were out of danger.

Cars parked in the area were gutted in the explosion which could be from an accidental cylinder blast too though police later confirmed there were explosives, some reports said.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs RPN Singh told reporters: "At this time I would appeal for peace...Don´t give credence to rumour mongering."

He said: "The Home Ministry will provide every assistance that the Karnataka Police will need."

"They are looking at all possibility," he said.

Karnataka will undergo assembly polls on May 5. The results would be announced on May 8.

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