Tough task ahead for new Home Minister Shinde as blasts rock Pune city

India News Bulletin Desk
Busy Pune Roads
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Four separate blasts has hit Pune city of Maharashtra within a span of about 40 minutes on August 1, injuring one person.

The incident demands full attention of the just appointed Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde, whose primary focus now is India’s security.

The four bombs exploded in the evening peak hours between 7.30pm and 8.15pm (IST) in Pune's Junglee Maharaj Road – a location popular among the locals for its cafes, restaurants and theatres.

Two other bombs were defused by India’s Anti-Terror Squad.

No one so far has been reported dead and the Pune blasts have been termed “low-intensity” explosion by the authorities. While the officials have ruled out the possibility of it being a terrorist attack, full investigation is underway.

Following the attack, other major cities including Indian capital, Delhi and financial hub, Mumbai have been put on high alert.

This is Pune’s second attack. In 2010, a bomb exploded at the city’s German Bakery near Koregaon Park, killing 17 people and injuring more than 60. 

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