Crude bomb blast wounds two in India's high-tech capital

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 exploded outside a busy restaurant in India's high-tech capital of Bangalore on Sunday, wounding two people, police said.

The low-intensity blast occurred in the centre of the city, packed with Sunday evening crowds. Police said the device had been placed near a drain behind the Coconut Grove restaurant.

Ramchandran Shetty, a police officer at the blast site, said preliminary investigation suggested it was an improvised explosive device filled with shrapnel.

Both the victims, one of whom was a woman, were walking past the restaurant when it went off.

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.

Soon after 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 Bangalore in 2013.