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Latest update : 2008-07-25

At least one death and several injuries have been reported after a series bomb blasts in Bangalore, India's IT capital. Eight blasts occurred in the space of 45 minutes across the city, according to the police.

BANGALORE, India, July 25 (Reuters) - Eight small bombs
exploded in quick succession across the south Indian IT city of
Bangalore on Friday, killing a woman and wounding at least 15
people, police said.
 

"In all these cases they have created the blast using timer
devices," Bangalore Commissioner of Police Shankar Bidari told
reporters at the site of one of the blasts. "Explosives have
also been used, in quantity equal to one or two grenades."
 

Bangalore, known as India's Silicon Valley, is one of the
world's most prominent centres for software development and is
also the capital of its outsourcing industry.
 

Also nicknamed the "world's back office", it is home to
more than 1,500 top firms, including India's Infosys
Technologies and Wipro and offices of global firms such as
Microsoft Corp and Intel Corp.
 

India's home ministry said it suspected "a small militant
group" was behind the attacks, but gave no details.
 

Several IT firms, as well as schools, colleges and cinemas,
closed after news of the blasts broke. Phone lines were jammed.
 

"I was on my way to office when we heard a noise," witness
Arun Daniel told the CNN-IBN TV channel. "It sounded like a
cracker. The traffic was blocked, everyone was running around.
It was not a severe blast."
 

Local TV showed a stall with broken windows and its
concrete floor broken in pieces. Rubble littered another site.
Sniffer dogs were used to trace clues.
 

One of the blasts occurred behind a bus stand, killing a
woman, police said.
 

Bomb experts said gelatine sticks and a concoction of
ammonium nitrate in fuel oil had been used to cause some of the
explosions. Nuts, bolts and nails were also packed in the
bombs.
 

"There were eight explosions of low intensity," Gopal
Hosur, joint police commissioner for Bangalore, told Reuters.
"At least one person was killed," he said. Police said one more
person could have died.
 

India has suffered a wave of bombings in recent years, with
targets ranging from mosques and Hindu temples to trains. It is
unusual for any group to claim responsibility for attacks.
 

Islamist militant groups in Pakistan and Bangladesh intent
on fanning hatred between Muslims and Hindus in India, and
damaging a fragile peace process between New Delhi and
Islamabad, are often blamed.
 

In May, eight bombs, many strapped to bicycles, ripped
through a crowded shopping area in the western city of Jaipur,
killing at least 63 people and injuring hundreds more.
 

Police said that attack bore some hallmarks of the
Bangladeshi militant group Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI).
 

Bangalore also hosts vibrant biotechnology and aerospace
industries as well as a garment sector employing more than
300,000 people.
 

Indian shares initially extended losses on Friday after
reports of the blasts in Bangalore, but later recovered
slightly.
 

The 30-share BSE index ended down around 3.4 percent,
driven by rising oil prices and falls in regional markets amid
concerns about the U.S. economy.

Date created : 2008-07-25

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