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Apr 18, 2013 at 08:35am IST

Bangalore blast: No breakthrough yet; NSG and NIA teams scan site

Bangalore: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team as well as a team from the National Security Guard (NSG) visited the site of the Bangalore blast that injured 16 people on Wednesday. Initial reports from the forensic sciences laboratory have indicated that ammonium nitrate was used to make the bomb that was placed on a stolen bike.

Reports said that some sharp nails have also been found at the blast site indicating the bomb may have been packed with shrapnel to maximise damage. No other leads have been forthcoming in the case yet. The police is reportedly trying to prepare sketches of the culprits based on eyewitness reports.

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After the explosion outside the Bharatiya Janata Party's office in Bangalore, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued a countrywide alert, asking all states to be extra vigilant. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government registered a case under Explosive Substance Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, and various IPC provisions (attempt to murder). It also submitted its preliminary report on the bomb blast to the MHA.

Terror struck Bangalore when a bomb exploded near the BJP office in Malleshwaram on Wednesday morning, injuring at least 16 people, including 11 police personnel. Two temples are also located near the blast site and at the moment of explosion, several devotees were on their way to the places of worship.