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Bomb blasts in Bangalore – IT city in panic

Friday, July 25, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Terror hit Bangalore Friday afternoon as six low intensity blasts ripped through different parts of the IT city.

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The explosions took place within a span of 15 minutes, starting at 1:45 PM. The sites that were on terror target were Madiwala, Adugodi area in Koramangla, Hosur Road, Nayandahalli and Shivaji Nagar on Mysore Road.

All the sites are located in the southern part of the city, some in the tony parts of town, hosting several upmarket malls. These are well visited with Madiwala being one of the biggest markets of the city. The blast here took place at the bus stand.
Hosur Road is a National Highway leading to Chennai.

Speaking to 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 admitted St John’s and Mallya hospitals.
Elaborating on the modus operandi, the Police Commissioner said that timer devices were used and iron bolts were fixed to explosives to increase damage. He added that each explosion had the intensity of 1-2 hand grenades.

The blasts are thought to be of low-intensity using gelatin sticks and cylinders buried underground.
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 targeted sites.

The authorities have cordoned off the entire locality and sniffer dogs are being used for further clues. Mobile networks have been jammed and major artery roads have clogged due people rushing back home.
Bidri appealed to Bangaloreans not to panic as the situation was fully under control now.

More news awaited for details.

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