Terror strikes Pune; 8 killed, 32 injured
Terror struck Pune Saturday evening when a powerful bomb ripped apart a popular bakery near a Jewish prayer house, killing eight people, including a foreigner, and injuring 32 in the first major attack since 26/11 carnage.
The improvised explosive device, kept in an unattended packet outside the kitchen of the German bakery, exploded at around 7.30 pm when a waiter attempted to open it.
“It is most probably a terror attack. Forensic experts of CBI and team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials are being airlifted to Pune to assist the state police in the investigations,” Union Home Secretary G K Pillai said.
The German bakery is a favourite food joint for foreigners, located close to Osho Ashram which had been surveyed by Pakistani-origin American David Coleman Headley, a Lashkar-e Taiba operative.
Quoting information from the state government, Pillai said eight people had died and 32 were injured in the blast. One each of the killed and the injured are foreigners, he said, but could not give the nationality.
The rest, he said, were believed to be Indians but the situation could change.
Asked whether Pakistani hand was suspected behind the attack, Pillai said he could not say anything till forensic examination was over.