In a bomb explosion on Church Street outside the Coconut Groove Restaurant at 8:30 pm on Sunday evening, one woman was critically injured and two others were hurt and all the three were rushed to the nearby Mallya hospital, said Bangalore Police Commissioner M.N. Reddi. (The woman succumbed to the head injury 3 hours later, see update)
The woman was identified as Bhavani and her condition was described as “critical” by Mallya Hospital official. A good-samaritan auto driver by name Dasarath told local News9 TV that he heard the explosion as a diwali cracker and realising that it was a serious bomb blast, rushed his auto to the injured woman and her relatives and took them immediately to the Mallya Hospital.
The auto driver described the condition of woman as very serious with her brain protruding out and almost sensationless, while others were fine with minor injuries.
The bomb exploded outside Coconut Groove Restaurant at 8:30 pm. The police commissioner described the bomb as a low-intensity explosion and said precautions are being taken to bring the situation under control as Sunday evening usually sees highest number of shoppers and visitors to the busy Church Street behind the MG Road in Bangalore.
The initial television channel reports showed people rushing to auto-rickshaws and fleeing the entire area and police cordoned off the Church street immediately and began to question the by-standers for details. Mr Reddi has asked all the Bangaloreans to be alert and has sent a communique to all inspectors in the Bangalore Police to be alert.
Meanwhile, Bangalore police have cautioned people to be alert and also not to believe rumours. In a tweet, the Deputy Commissioner of Police -Crime, Bengaluru City, said: “Please do not panic and do not believe rumours. Call 100 incase of any doubt. Bengaluru City Police has secured the area & investigation is on.”, CPBlr @CCBBangalore @goyal_abhei.
Forensic teams and Cobra squad have been rushed to the Church Street, all cars have been cleared or moved out of the street. Union minister and former CM DV Sandanada Gowda, who happened to be in Bangalore, rushed to the place and gave an interview to News9 saying the situation is under control.
It my be noted that the terrorist threat was given out early this month when ISIS Twitter account operator Biswas was held by the police. In the past, Bangalore witnessed a series of 8 bomb explosion in July 2008, though nobody was killed.
Last year on April 17 a bomb explosion took place at 10:30 am near the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Karnataka New State Office Jagannath Bhawan, on Temple Street 11th Cross, Malleswaram. Sixteen people were reported to have been hurt and the Union Home Ministry confirmed that it was a terror attack.
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