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Yet another bomb blast in Delhi

Mehtab Singh

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At least one child was killed and 23 people were injured as a bomb exploded in south Delhi on Saturday.

The incident, which came barely a fortnight after serial blasts rocked Delhi, occurred around 2.15 pm (IST) near a flower market in Mehrauli, close to the historic Qutub Minar.

Seventeen people were brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after the blast. Among them, 11 were men and 3 women. A 13-year-old boy was brought dead to AIIMS Trauma Centre. The condition of 7 was critical, a hospital statement said.

Eyewitnesses told NDTV that two men riding a bike dropped a bag on the road, which was picked up by an unsuspecting little girl, who passed it on to a 10-year-old boy. Soon after, an explosion occurred, killing the boy on the spot. A small crater was formed due to the effect of the blast.

Forensic experts of the NSG bomb data squad, who visited the spot, said they found nails sharpened on both sides from the site.

The news of the blast sent ripples across the city. Fire engines and ambulances were rushed to the spot and police cordoned off the area around the blast site.

The Greater Kailash-I market in south Delhi, which was hit by blasts a fortnight ago, was evacuated as a safety precaution.

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