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30 killed, over 90 injured as five blasts rock Delhi
New Delhi, Sep 13 (Agencies) :
Published on 14 Sep. 2008 1:32 AM IST
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Terror revisited the Capital after three years when at least 30 people were killed and over 90 injured in five bomb blasts that were triggered off in crowded market areas of Central and South Delhi this evening. The coordinated blasts occurred in Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash areas, in close succession in a space of 40 minutes, between 1800 hrs and 1840 hrs, leading to panic in the Capital. The last major terror attack in Delhi was on October 29, 2005, when 50 people were killed and 70 injured, in three explosions in two busy markets and near a bus stand. The first blast today occurred in Gaffar market of Karol Bagh, in which seven persons were killed, fire brigade officials said. This was followed by blasts near the Gopaldas Tower and Palika Bazar (gate no.1) in Connaught Place and two blasts in Greater Kailash. Five persons, including a woman, died in the blasts in Connaught Place while 40 others have been injured, sources said The injured have been admitted to AIIMS, Safdarjung hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia (RML), Lady Hardinge Hospital and Jassaram Hospital. Sources said that eight of the injured admitted in the RML hospital were reported dead and five others in critical condition. Two live bombs were defused in the Central Park area and near the Regal Cinema, both in Connaught Place. There were reports of live bombs being found in India Gate too, but they turned out to be untrue. Indian Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the blasts through an e-mail sent to news organisations around the same time when the blasts took place. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the blasts and appealed for calm. The Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has said that people should maintain calm and social harmony and understanding. “Let us jointly fight the tragedy,” he said. Patil also announced that the Centre would give Rs one lakh as compensation to the families of those killed. Delhi government too announced Rs five lakh as compensation for the family of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the serial bomb blasts.

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