5 killed in bomb blast in village near KNPP

Kudankulam blastDIG of Police Sumith Saran and Superintendent of Police Vijendra Bidari also rushed to the spot. reuters

Five people, including three children, were killed on the spot in a powerful bomb explosion tonight in a colony in Idinthakarai coastal village, close to Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant, police said. Those killed included a woman and three children, all aged below five years, they said.

Two houses were razed under the impact of the blast, they said, adding rescue teams rushed to the pot to clear the debris and extricate people believed trapped under it.

DIG of Police Sumith Saran and Superintendent of Police Vijendra Bidari also rushed to the spot.

People of Idinthakarai, the hub of protests against KNPP, backed by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, have been agitating for more than two years, demanding its closure.

Unit-1 had attained criticality on July 13 this year following protests against the project by anti-nuclear activists in areas around the complex, citing safety reasons. Police had raided Kunthankuli village near Idinthakarai in 2012 and early this year and seized some country bombs from some huts. Police suspect that some people involved in criminal cases from Kunthankuli were staying in the two houses.

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