Four dead in explosion as terror returns to Delhi (Second Lead)

September 27th, 2008 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 27 (IANS) Four people were killed and 15 others injured when a bomb went off in a crowded flower market in south Delhi Saturday, police said. The terror attack, within a stone’s throw of Delhi’s landmark Qutb Minar, came exactly a fortnight after a series of bombings left 24 people dead in the national capital.”Two youths on a motorcycle left a container in a black polythene bag outside an electronic shop and sped off. It began smoking and soon after there was a huge explosion,” said Pritam, an eyewitness.

The blast went off around 2.15 p.m. when crowds were milling around the area, in the popular flower market in Mehrauli. Initial reports indicated that it was a low-intensity blast, police said.

Police, the fire brigade and ambulances rushed to the spot and the injured were taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Safdarjang Hospital.

The area was cordoned off and most shopkeepers downed their shutters as panic prevailed.

The impact of the blast was quite huge as glass panes of many shops were shattered and blood pooled in front of a few shops.

“We received a call at around 2.15 p.m. about an explosion in Mehrauli in south Delhi. At that time we had reports of six people being seriously injured,” said Ajay Kashyap, joint commissioner (southern range).

“My bother, Sanjay, was injured in the blast. There was a deafening explosion and people began to run for their lives fearing more blasts,” said Bambam Kumar, who helped his brother into an ambulance.

Exactly two weeks back 24 people were killed and over 100 injured in serial blasts in various parts of the Indian capital. The earlier series of five blasts had all taken place in crowded markets and office areas.

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