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Bomb blast in Delhi

New Delhi, May25 (): Delhi which has witnessed a lull in terror activity was rudely reminded of the terror lurking when a low-intensity bomb exploded on Wednesday outside the busy Delhi high court triggering panic but no one was injured. The explosive, kept in a packet near a car belonging to a lawyer, went off at 1.15pm causing panic, police said.

As early as May 1 advisories from the US, UK and Australia warned of “imminent” terror attacks in New Delhi, particularly in market places like Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Chandni Chowk. Highly placed government sources said that the advisories are being taken “seriously” and Delhi Police has been asked to be on “full alert”. “This Warden Message provides updated information related to the April 21, 2010 Warden Message and additional information related to the Travel Alert issued for India on April 16, 2010,” said the renewed US advisory primarily intended for American citizens in India.

The car caught fire after the explosion. Personnel of the Delhi Police’s special cell, anti-terror unit and bomb detection and disposal unit were immediately rushed to the site along with fire brigade. Delhi Police special commissioner (law and order) Dharmendra Kumar said the blast was caused by a low-intensity explosive in which no one was injured. “It was not a life-threatening blast… It was a small blast… The explosion took place in a small plastic bag,” he said. “The bag was kept outside the car, just near the bonnet,” Kumar said, adding even the car was not damaged by it.  He said the type of explosive is unknown and the samples have been sent for forensic examination.

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