Friday, July 25, 2008

SEVEN LOW INTENSITY BLASTS ROCK BANGALORE

Bangalore, July 25: Terror hit Bangalore Friday afternoon as seven low intensity blasts ripped through different parts of the IT city. The explosions took place within a span of half an hour, starting at 1:45 pm. The sites that were targetted were Madiwala, Adugodi area, Koramangla, Hosur Road, Nayandahalli and Shivaji Nagar on Mysore Road and Langford Town
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All the sites are located in the southern part of the city, with some hosting several upmarket malls. These are fairly congested with Madiwala being one of the biggest markets of the city. The blast here took place at the bus stand.

The strech from Brigade Road to the Hosur Road National Highway leading to Chennai bore the brunt in today's attack.

Speaking to the media, Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri said that one woman was killed in Madiwala, while there have been injuries in the other blasts.

All the wounded have been rushed to nearby hospitals for medical aid. Some have been admitted to St John's and Mallya hospitals.

Elaborating on the modus operandi, the Police Commissioner said that crude bombs with timer devices were used. Iron bolts had been fixed to them and each explosion had the intensity of 1-2 hand grenades.

The blasts are thought to be of low-intensity using gelatin sticks.

One blast took place near tennis star Mahesh Bhupathi's house. However, barring shattering some window panes, there was no other major damage.

Forensic experts and bomb disposal squads have reached the targetted sites.

The authorities have cordoned off the entire locality and sniffer dogs are being used for further clues. Mobile networks in certain areas have jammed and major artery roads have clogged due people rushing back home.

Bidri said that the incident looked pre-planned. He also appealed to Bangaloreans not to panic as the situation was fully under control now.

The pattern and intensity of blasts indicate the explosions were meant to cause panic rather than claim casualties.

Union Home Ministry closely monitoring situation

The Union Home Ministry is closely monitoring the situation in Bangalore in the wake of today's serial blasts, which killed one person and injured some others.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and other senior officials are in constant touch with Karnataka government officials, a ministry spokesman said.

"A senior Home Ministry official is closely monitoring the situation," he said.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Shivraj Patil condemned the blasts in eastern parts of Bangalore and offered all assistance to the Karnataka government to deal with the situation.
Source : zeenews.com

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