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Top Indian official says bomb blast outside high court in New Delhi kills 9, wounds 45
NEW DELHI (AP) ' A top Indian security official says a bomb that exploded outside the High Court in New Delhi killed nine people and wounded 45 others.
The blast erupted shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday near a gate leading to the court.
Home Secretary R.K. Singh told CNN-IBN television that the blast killed nine people and wounded 45 others.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
NEW DELHI (AP) ' An explosion apparently caused by a briefcase bomb went off outside a crowded gate to the High Court in New Delhi on Wednesday morning, killing four people and wounding 30 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.
Police said the blast Wednesday hit an unsecured area outside a gate where the public gathers to enter the court complex. The High Court is an appeals court below India's Supreme Court.
"This appeared to be a bomb explosion," Home Ministry official U.K. Bansal told CNN-IBN television channel.
The bomb was of medium intensity and appeared to have been hidden in a briefcase he said.
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 erupted in the court parking lot.