12 hurt in blast near India party’s office

April 17, 2013 8:18 am
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Officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi/AFP
Officials scan the site of a bomb explosion in Karachi/AFP

, India, Apr 17 – Police in the southern city of Bangalore said Wednesday they were investigating a minor blast outside the office of a political party that injured 12 people.

The explosion is thought to have occurred on a motorbike parked near the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party, a national opposition party that holds power in the local state of Karnataka.

“Preliminarily, we felt earlier that it was a (gas) cylinder blast as two vehicles that were on both sides of the motorbike got burnt,” Bangalore police commissioner R. Auradakar told reporters.

“As the motorcycle is fully burnt, we feel that it could be a blast.”

A total of 12 people were injured, including eight policemen, he said.

Karnataka is to hold elections for its state assembly next month.

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