Device used in B'lore blast a pipe bomb: Forensic experts

Forensic experts probing the Bangalore blast say that the explosive device used in yesterday's blast was a pipe bomb.

Karnataka government's Forensic Science Laboratory personnel said that the pipe bomb was planted on a motorcycle having Tamil Nadu registration.

The improvised explosive device exploded near the BJP office in Bangalore at around 10.25am injuring 16 people. It was on the same day in 2010, that two explosions had rocked Chinnaswamy cricket stadium injuring 15 people.

Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said there was an intelligence alert that Bangalore might be targeted on the third anniversary of the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts, but added that the alert was not specific.

Karnataka Home Minister R Ashoka, who visited the spot, said the blast targeted senior BJP leaders and party workers. A National Investigation Agency team has joined the probe.

An FIR has been registered at the Vyalikaval police station.Our correspondent reports that fortunately, the bomb blast did not cause any casualty as the bike in which the bomb was planted was shielded by a police van, cars, trees and houses.

Eyewitnesses say that the bike was thrown up several metres after the explosion.Vehicles parked near it caught fire.Houses were damaged, glasspanes shattered and people in this thickly populated area were stunned by the loud sound caused by the explosion. A few of the injured persons admitted in the K C General hospital were treated and discharged.
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