Thursday 21 November 2019

India blast: 'briefcase bomb' explodes outside New Delhi high court

A bomb apparently hidden in a briefcase has exploded outside India's high court in New Delhi today, killing nine people and wounding at least 45.

The bomb detonated at a crowded public gate at around 10am as the court was open for morning session.

Television pictures showed lawyers in black coats running from the building in the heart of India’s capital.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which was close to the parliament and prime minister’s office.

Kriti Uppal, a witness, said: "There was a bomb blast where you enter the court... there was panic everywhere. Now we are on the way to the hospital,

"It seems to be very powerful (blast). Seems to be many casualties."

The same court was hit by a small explosion in May, causing panic, but no injuries.

The most recent deadly bomb attacks in India were near-simultaneous triple blasts in India's financial capital, Mumbai, in July which killed 24 people.

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