Blast shatters windowpanes of India House (Lead)

June 2nd, 2008 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

By Muhammad Najeeb
Islamabad, June 2 (IANS) The windowpanes of India House, the residence of the Indian ambassador, were shattered when a powerful bomb exploded outside the Danish embassy here Monday. No one was hurt at India House. An Indian source said ambassador Satyabrata Pal was having lunch when the deafening explosion occurred. But he and other inmates of the house were reported to be safe.

An earlier report mentioned that the envoy was not at home at the time of the attack, which Pakistani officials hastened to add was directed at the Danish mission. India House is located about 250 feet from the Danish mission.

Indian diplomats rushed to India House after the attack. One source said: “Not one window is intact.”

The authorities linked the attack to cartoons of Prophet Muhammad some newspapers in Denmark and Norway carried about two years ago. A Danish newspaper repeated the cartoons in April this year, sparking anger in Pakistan.

After that, the embassy moved to the Serena Hotel but the visa section remained at the same venue.

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