The total number of blasts in the country’s IT capital went up to eight, pushing the official death toll to two.
Even as Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa called for an emergency meeting, Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said that the Centre had forewarned the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh governments terrorists could target Bangalore and Hyderabad.
“The Intelligence Bureau had received inputs that terrorists could target the cybercities of Hyderabad and Bangalore. Both the state governments were told to be on high alert,” he said.
Bangalore: Terror struck the IT capital of the country in noon with at least seven low intensity serial blasts rocking the southern city leaving one dead and several injured.
The crude bombs, concealed near refugee camps and roadside stuffed with nuts and bolts, exploded during the busy lunch hour at Adugodi, Madivala, Nayandahalli, Pantharapalya and Vittal Mallya Road.
“One woman was killed and at least six injured in the serial blasts which took place within a span of 15 minutes from 1:30 PM,” Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri told reporters.
He said among the injured, condition of one was stated to be serious.
“In all the blasts, low intensity time devices were used. They want to cause damage to human lives. Explosives were used in quantity equal to one to two grenades,” he added.
While no one has claimed responsibility so far for the blasts, sources in the Union Home Ministry suspected Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba along with the local support of SIMI to be behind the attacks.