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4 'low-intensity' blasts shake western Indian city

Published on Aug 2, 2012 6:59 AM
Indian authorities work outside a McDonald's restaurant - the site of one of four low-intensity bomb blasts that shook the western Indian city of Pune on Wednesday on Aug 1, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

MUMBAI (AFP) - Four low-intensity blasts hit the western Indian city of Pune on Wednesday, injuring one person, on the same day as a scheduled visit - cancelled at the last minute - by the country's new home minister.

Pune Police Commissioner Gopal Rao Pol told AFP that a fifth explosive device had been defused and added that the injured person was being treated as a possible suspect.

Pune was the site of a major bombing in 2010 that killed 17 people and injured dozens more, including a number of foreigners, in a restaurant popular with tourists.

Wednesday's serial blasts, which went off in succession over a 45-minute period beginning shortly after 7.30pm (10pm, Singapore time), all targeted a bustling restaurant and shopping area in central Pune in the state of Maharashtra.

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