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Chennai woman killed in Bengaluru blast

Police checking outside the 'Coconut Grove' pub at Church street, Bengaluru, where a bomb blast took place on Sunday night . Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

Police checking outside the 'Coconut Grove' pub at Church street, Bengaluru, where a bomb blast took place on Sunday night . Photo: Bhagya Prakash K

In yet another terror act in the city, suspected terrorists set off a low-intensity blast using an improvised explosive device (IED) on the crowded Church Street at 8.35 p.m. on Sunday, claiming the life of a woman and injuring three others.

The police identified the dead as Bhavani Devi, 37, from Chennai. The injured, Karthick, Sandeep and Vinay, have been admitted to Mallya Hospital and HOSMAT Hospital.

Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Lalrukhoma Pachau said intelligence reports warning of terror strikes had come in for the city, but they were not specific.

We have certain leads: Bengaluru Police

City Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi has said that “we have certain leads” about Sunday’s blast in the city, which could not be disclosed now.

“It appears like an act of terror essentially to cause panic and fear,” he said.

No organisation has claimed responsibility for the blast.

IED kept hidden

The improvised explosive device (IED) that went off on Church Street here, claiming the life of a woman, was kept wrapped in a piece of cloth behind a flower bush in front of Coconut Grove, a popular joint.

Those injured in the blast were pedestrians, one of them being thrown to a distance of over five feet, witnesses said.

People ran helter-skelter after the blast, while some others thought it was a firecracker burst.

An alert autorickshaw driver, Narasimha, swung into action and shifted a critically injured Bhavani Devi, who died of injuries around 10.45 p.m., and others to hospital immediately.

The police cordoned off the area, clearing vehicles parked on the street and scouring for any unattended objects in the vicinity.

Remnants recovered

Additional Commissioner of Police B. Dayananda, who is in charge of the Forensic Science Laboratory, said the police have recovered remnants of the explosive material and the pellets from the bomb. He confirmed that it was an IED, but said that its composition was still being investigated. Police sources said the bomb was timer-triggered.

Additional police forces have been deployed across the city and a high alert has been sounded. Security has been beefed up at all exit points.

Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, who visited the spot, condemned the incident and promised Central assistance.

State Home Minister K.J. George said anti-national elements were behind the blast and no one would be spared.

Police have cordoned off the area and mobilised additional forces, he said.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru City Police has requested people not to panic, nor believe in rumours.

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP, said:

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(With PTI inputs )


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