x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

IPL match goes on after twin blast

Two small bombs exploded and one more was found outside a Bangalore stadium before the start of the match against Mumbai Indians, injuring 10 people.

Two small bombs exploded outside a Bangalore cricket stadium as fans were heading to an Indian Premier League match on Saturday, injuring 10 people. The city police commissioner said four officers and a security guard were among the wounded. The guard's injuries were serious. A third crude bomb has been found near Gate No 8 of the stadium. "It appears that some explosives may have been hidden in the wall" next to a gate leading to the stadium, said Shankar Bidari. "The explosives weren't powerful." The blasts set off panic among the thousands of people streaming into Chinnaswamy Stadium to see the Bangalore Royal Challengers play the Mumbai Indians. The game started an hour late amid increased security. Initial investigations show the explosives used in the blasts were locally made and of low intensity, MR Poojar, the city's additional police commissioner told Associated Press. Earlier, police and local cricket officials said the explosion was the result of an electricity generator blowing up. The sound of the blasts, while thousands of spectators were entering the stadium, sent nervous crowds running in panic. The International Cricket Council said it was too early to comment on the attack. Sports venues in India have faced tight security amid fears that Islamist radical groups may target them. * AP