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Blast outside Delhi HC, 11 killed, 76 injured Terror attack, says PC, NIA probes
Source: The Sangai Express / Press Trust of India

New Delhi, September 07 2011: Terror struck the Capital when a powerful bomb placed in a briefcase ripped through a crowded reception area at the entrance to the High Court this morning killing 11 people and leaving 76 injured.

The "high intensity" bomb blast outside the High Court compound between Gate No.4 and 5 occured at 10.14 am when 100 to 200 litigants were waiting in queue to get passes to enter the premises.

Some lawyers were also present at that time.

Home Minister P Chidambaram said the blast was of "high intensity" and called it a "terrorist attack".

The blast also left a 3-4 feet crater at the site of the explosion.

Chidambaram said it was not possible at this stage to identify the group behind the attack.

It was for the second time in less than four months that the Delhi High Court was targeted.

No one was injured in the previous explosion on May 25 .

Union Home Ministry sources said the death toll has risen to 11 .

Sixty-four persons were injured out of whom 15 are in a serious condition, the sources said.

The probe into the blast was handed over by Government to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) whose Chief SC Sinha said a 20-member team headed by a DIG has been formed.

A TV channel said it had received a mail purportedly written by Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami(HuJI).

The mail claimed that the blast was carried out by HuJI to demand repeal of death sentence of Afzal Guru, a condemned prisoner in Parliament attack.

Sinha felt it was too premature to comment on HuJI mail but said NIA was looking at it seriously because the outfit is a very prominent terrorist group which considers India as target number one.

He said there were no clear leads as of now.

Lawyers and litigants with blood soaked clothes ran helter-skelter and chaos broke out after the deafening explosion in the heart of the Capital which could be heard even one km away.

Some complained of hearing loss.

Broken limbs and pieces of flesh were strewn on the ground along with shards of glass.

An eyewitness suggested that the bomber may have queued up at the reception gate for entry passes and left the briefcase in which the bomb was hidden.

Court proceedings were suspended for a while before they were resumed.

"When I was standing in the line along with my friend to get passes to enter the court premises one person came in a white shirt with a briefcase in his hand and tried to jump the queue and within seconds there was a blast," said Mahender, an eyewitness.

Delhi Police was also preparing two sketches of possible blast suspects based on description given by eyewitnesses.

Union Home Secretary RK Singh said the bomb had all the makings of an Improvised Explosive Device(IED) set up by a terror group.

Singh said the bomb was kept in a suitcase since some of its remains were still in it.

After the bomb blast, panic-stricken people ran helter-skelter as it was chaos at the High Court premises.

"I was just 10 metres from the site of the blast," said Rahul Gupta, a litigant, who was at the reception counter .

"I saw a lot of people lying around in a pool of blood," he added.

The injured were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Safdarjung and AIIMS hospitals.

Doctors at RML said most of the splinter injuries sustained were below the waist level.

Some persons also sustained burn injuries.


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