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Serial Bomb Blasts in Bangalore, 15 Injured

Bangalore: Karnataka Home Minister Home Minister R Ashok has confirmed that the blast outside the BJP office in Bangalore on Wednesday morning, that left 16 persons injured, was a terror attack carried out by the use of an improvised explosive Device (IED).

The Centre would start an inquiry into the bomb blast near BJP office in Bangalore which left 16 persons injured, Union Home minister Sushil Shinde said on Wednesday.

"I came to know of the Bangalore blast and will start an inquiry into the incident. I will also have interaction with the Karnataka government and the police department," Shinde told reporters here after the Eastern Zonal Council meeting here.

Asked whether it was an act of terror, Shinde replied that this would be made known only after the probe was over.

Live Updates:

4.40 pm Local unit of Indian Mujahideen (IM) may be behind Bangalore blast, sources tell Zee Media

4 pm Don't politicise Bangalore blast: RPN Singh

2.43 pm There is nothing. It is a rumour, everything is calm here, says TR Suresh, DCP North East Bangalore on Hebbal blast reports

2.40 pm Special Secretary of the Home Dept will lead the enquiries into Bangalore blast, says Sushilkumar Shinde

2.30 pm Local news channels quote Police Commissioner denying blast at Hebbal

2.09 pm Official, confirmation on Hebbal blast awaited. Hebbal is around 7 kilometres from Malleswaram

2 pm Reports of another blast in Hebbal locality of Bangalore

1.50 pm Motorbike used for planting the IED was a stolen one. Police try to locate the owner

1.36 pm It is a clear case of terror act, says R Ashok

1.30 pm Motorcycle used in the blast had a Tamil Nadu registered number plate.

1.25 pm Appeal to people to remain calm, culprits will be caught and punished. The target was the BJP – Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok

1.17 pm Police confirm use of IED in Bangalore blast

1.13 pm No car hit by the blast had LPG kit installed

1.10 pm Karnataka Home Minister R Ashok reaches the blast site in Bangalore

1 pm The blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), sources to Zee Media

12.40 am Police officials are looking at all possibilities. At this time I would appeal for peace, says RPN Singh, MoS, Home

12.20 am NIA team reaches spot

12.15 am Patients with severe injuries in the Bangalore blast being shifted to Mallige hospital

Panic spread in the sleepy Bangalore neighbourhood after a huge explosion was heard outside the BJP office in Malleswaram. Soon afterwards a number of vehicles parked in the vicinity caught fire.

Eyewitnesses said glass windows of a nearby building were shattered due to the blast.

The injured were initially rushed to KC General Hospital.

The entire area has been cordoned off. Multiple forensic teams are at the spot and are looking for clues.

There was a huge crowd of BJP workers at the party office as today was the last day to file nominations.

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