Terror strikes Bangalore again, 17 injured in blast outside BJP office

Bangalore blastPolice personnel inspect the site of the blast near the BJP office at Malleswaram in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Seventeen people, including 11 policemen, were injured in a bomb blast barely 50 metres from the BJP party office here on Wednesday morning.

A motorcycle that was at the epicenter of the explosion has become the focus of investigations. In the absence of any other evidence of the kind of IED that was used in the blast, investigators are veering to the theory that the motorcycle was itself the IED.

The choice of the blast site, outside the BJP office, just ahead of the Karnataka Assembly polls has raised many questions. The brunt of the blast was borne by a police truck on duty.

"It is a very clear act of terror... It is targeted at the BJP, our senior leaders and workers," Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R Ashoka told PTI.

The blast damaged six cars and three motorcycles. All the vehicles were identified except one motorcycle which was blown to pieces. The highly damaged motorcycle may have had an explosive device embedded into a portion of its chasis below the fuel tank and the whole bike may have acted as a vehicle-borne explosive, said sources closely involved in the investigations.

The motorcycle in question was a TVS Suzuki Max 100 with a Tamil Nadu registration number, TN 22 R 3769, chasis number 1108F001568 and engine number 1108M05647. The registration number has turned out to be fake, with Tamil Nadu officials reporting that the number belongs to a motorcycle of a different make — a Yamaha RX 135.

"The unclaimed motorcycle that was used in the blast seems to be stolen. The chasis number and engine number will now have to be verified with the manufacturers to track the users of the vehicle,'' said officials. They said the other identification numbers for the motorcycle did not appear to have been tampered with.

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