November 30th, 2011
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Imphal blast: 1 dead

imphal-blastImphal: A powerful bomb has exploded in a crowded market in Imphal in Manipur. Home ministry sources say that the person who was carrying the IED to the festival was killed in the blast and three others were injured.  More causalities are feared. The bomb exploded very close to the city’s new convention centre that is meant to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister in a few days.

The bomb exploded at around 11 am at Hapta Kangjeibung ground where ‘Sangai festival’, in which many foreigners from Thailand, Malaysia and other southeast Asian countries were taking part, was being celebrated. The bomb went off outside the gate of Sangai Tourism festival. The police believe that another another live bomb might have been planted inside. The blast has taken place just two days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit and just one day after the Manipur economic blockade was partially lifted.

The person carrying the bomb is said to have been paid Rs 20 by suspected KCP militants to carry the bomb, they said. The site of the blast is about 50 metres away from the newly-constructed ‘City Convention Centre’ which would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohon Singh on December 3, official sources said. The place is at a distance of 50 feet from the the All India Radio, Imphal. The injured was taken to Regional Institute of medical Science and hospital.


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