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Indian official: Apparent bomb blast outside court building in New Delhi kills 4, wounds 30
NEW DELHI (AP) ' A top Indian security official says an apparent bomb blast outside the New Delhi High Court has killed four people and wounded 30 others.
The blast erupted shortly after 10 a.m. outside a crowded gate leading to the court building.
Home Ministry official U.K. Bansal said the blast appeared to have been caused by a medium intensity bomb possibly hidden in a briefcase.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
NEW DELHI (AP) ' An explosion erupted Wednesday morning outside a crowded gate leading to the High Court building in New Delhi, wounding at least 24 people, police said.
The cause of the blast, which took place soon after 10 a.m., was not immediately clear, said police spokesman Mohamed Akhalaque.
The explosion, if a bomb, would be 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.
Police officials at the scene said the blast hit an unsecured area outside a gate where the public gathers to enter the court complex.
Indian television showed images of ambulances taking the wounded from the scene.
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 hit the court parking lot.