Authorities suspect Saturday's blast at the popular
German Bakery in Pune was a terror attack [AFP]
Nine people were killed and upto 50,
including five to six foreigners, injured in a bomb explosion that
ripped apart a popular bakery near a Jewish prayer house here in the
first terror attack since the carnage in Mumbai 14 months ago.
The blast--suspected to be an
Improvised Explosive Device--took place at around 1915 hours in the
German Bakery, an old business establishment in the Cantonment area
of the city and a favourite joint for foreigners visiting the nearby
Osho Ashram set up by Rajneesh.
US terror suspect David Headley is
believed to have stayed at the Ashram during his visit to the city.
"There was a bomb blast. There have
been nine deaths and 33 people were injured", said Pune's Joint
Commissioner of Police Rajendra Sonwane.
"It's most probably a terror attack.
We are sending a forensic team of CBI and personnel of National
Investigative Agency (NIA)", Union Home Secretary Gopal Krishna
Pillai said in New Delhi.
While some foreigners were believed
among the dead, a senior police official said it was difficult to
confirm their identity and nationalty as their faces were charred
Police said there was a packet outside
the kitchen of the bakery and when the waiters were calling the
police, the IED went off.
Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagve, who is an MLA from the
constituency, said upto 50 people were injured, three of them
He said five to six foreigners were
among the injured.