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One more succumbs in Pune blast; toll rises to 16
Pune, Feb 24 (IANS):
Published on 25 Feb. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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A 21-year-old Sudanese student succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the Feb 13 Pune terror blast, raising the toll to 16, police said here Wednesday. The victim - Anaj Alfateh Sulamian - was in the intensive care unit of the Jehangir Hospital here and breathed his last at 5.15 a.m. Wednesday, an official said, adding that arrangements were being made to hand over the body to his relatives. Sulamian, who was a first year BA student of Pune College, became the fifth foreign national who fell victim to the blast that ripped through the German Bakery in Koregaon Park area. Presently, 13 people injured in the blast have been undergoing treatment in various city hospitals. Among them the condition of at least four is stated to be critical. Meanwhile, police have tightened security all over Pune and are enforcing several measures, including prohibition on two-wheeler drivers, pillion riders wearing face masks and scarves. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Executive President Uddhav Thackeray today blamed ‘intelligence failure’ on part of Maharashtra Government as being responsible for the Pune blast, which killed 16 people and left over 50 injured. “The government’s intelligence failure is to blame,” Uddhav told reporters on sidelines of a function here. On media reports that Hindutva organisations were involved in the blast, Uddhav said “those who are behind the blast should be arrested.” One more succumbs in Pune blast, toll reaches 16Asked about his offer to return security provided to him by the state government, Uddhav said “I had told Maharashtra Government to withdraw my security and give it to 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab. But they have not done so.”

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