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Bombing outside Indian court kills 9, wounds 45

 A relative of one of a bomb blast victims reacts at the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb apparently hidden in a sui...
 A person injured in a bomb explosion reacts in pain as he is brought to the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The bomb appa...
 A man injured in bomb blast is brought to the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb apparently hidden in a suitcase expl...

India Blast

A relative of one of a bomb blast victims reacts at the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb apparently hidden in a sui...

India Blast

A person injured in a bomb explosion reacts in pain as he is brought to the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. The bomb appa...

India Blast

A man injured in bomb blast is brought to the RML hospital in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. A bomb apparently hidden in a suitcase expl...

A bomb apparently hidden in a suitcase exploded Wednesday morning outside a crowded gate leading to the High Court in New Delhi, killing nine people and wounding 45 others, officials said.
The blast, which erupted shortly after 10 a.m., was the first major terror attack in India since a string of bombs exploded in three busy Mumbai neighborhoods on July 13, killing 20 people. Suspicion for those attacks fell on the shadowy extremist network known as the Indian Mujahedeen, though no one has been arrested.
The bomb Wednesday exploded near a large crowd of people waiting in line at a reception counter where passes are made for entry to the court building.
The explosion shook the courthouse, sending lawyers and judges fleeing outside, said Sanjiv Narula, a lawyer who was in the building.
"There was smoke everywhere. People were running. People were shouting. There was blood everywhere. It was very, very scary," said Sangeeta Sondhi, another lawyer, who was parking her car near the gate when the bomb exploded.
People ran to the blast site to assist the injured, piling them into auto-rickshaws to take them to the hospital.
The court building was evacuated, constable Sanjay Kumar said.
"It appears that the bomb was in a suitcase because we have the remains of that suitcase," Home Secretary R.K. Singh told CNN-IBN television.
The blast killed nine and wounded 45 others, he said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The High Court is an appeals court below India's Supreme Court.
Ambulances and forensic teams rushed to the scene, along with sniffer dogs and a bomb disposal unit, apparently checking for any further explosives.
The blast was the second explosion at the High Court this year. On May 25, a small explosion that appeared to be a failed car bomb erupted in the court parking lot.


Updated : 2021-06-12 22:30 GMT+08:00