Crude bomb blast in Bangalore kills woman and wounds man

Bomb squad personnel along with sniffer dogs scour the blast site for evidence following a low intensity blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). -- PHOTO: AFP
Bomb squad personnel along with sniffer dogs scour the blast site for evidence following a low intensity blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A crude bomb that exploded outside a busy restaurant in India's high-tech cityl of Bangalore on Sunday killed a woman and wounded a man, police said.

The low-intensity blast occurred in the centre of the city, which was packed with Sunday evening crowds, prompting a security alert in other Indian cities.

Police said the improvised explosive device had been placed between two flower-pots near the Coconut Grove restaurant.

Police commissioner M.N.Reddy said nobody had yet claimed responsibility for the blast. "Essentially, it was aimed at causing panic and fear," Reddy told reporters.

He said a 38-year-old woman who was walking past the restaurant suffered shrapnel injuries to her head and neck and died in hospital shortly after the explosion. A man was wounded but his condition was stable.

Soon after the blast, police were ordered on higher alert in Mumbai, Delhi and Pune, security officials said in New Delhi.

Bangalore has been on a general alert since police picked up an engineer for allegedly running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that had tens of thousands of followers worldwide.

Following the arrest of Mehdi Masoor Biswas, state police had received threats that there would be retaliation.

At least 13 people were wounded in a powerful blast in 2013, for which no group claimed responsibility.