Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Four Bomb Blasts in Pune, India

Four low-intensity bombs exploded early Wednesday evening along Junglee Maharaj (MJ) Road in the western Indian city of Pune, Maharashtra, The Times of India is reporting. One person was injured. Initial reports had reported that five bombs detonated, but, in retrospect, press reports later agreed that four bombs exploded, and a fifth bomb was diffused before it could be detonated, reported First Post. The coördinated explosions occurred between 7:27 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. local time, First Post added. The Times of India reported that the sole person to be injured in the blasts was initially being deemed to be a suspect, and that the bombing took place on the evening when the former Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, who was promoted to become the Home Minister, was due to have paid a visit to Pune, but Mr. Shinde's trip was cancelled at the last minute. Mr. Shinde had been criticised for the largest blackout in the world when cascading blackouts left as many as 700 million people in northern India without electricity on Monday and Tuesday.

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