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Two injured in low-intensity blast in Pune

Two persons were injured when an explosive placed on a motorcycle went off near a police station here this afternoon, police said.

The “low-intensity” blast occurred near Pharaskhana Police Station close to the famous Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in the busy Budhwar Peth area around 2:30 PM.

Top police officials and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad have reached the spot, while forensic experts are scouring the area to collect evidence, sources said, adding the condition of those injured, who were yet to be identified, was not serious.

Senior police and ATS officials refused to give any further details about the incident.

Pune was rocked by four coordinated low-intensity explosions on 1 August, 2012 which had left one person injured.

The city had come on the terror radar for the first tine when 17 people were killed and around 60 injured in a powerful blast at German Bakery, one of Pune’s favourite eateries, on 13 February, 2010.

Home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen was blamed for both the attacks.

Meanwhile, a team from Mumbai Anti-terrorism Squad has been rushed to assist an ATS team already stationed in Pune in the probe.

Sources in Mumbai ATS said it was too early to conclude whether today’s explosion was the handiwork of terrorists.

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