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9 injured in blast at Bengaluru’s Rameshwaram Cafe, prima facie probe suggests IED use, says CM

At least 9 people have been injured after an explosion at Rameshwaram cafe in Bengaluru’s Whitefield area on Friday.

Ruling out a gas leak as the cause, CM Siddaramaiah said the CCTV footage has revealed that a “man was seen keeping a bag in the cafe.”

“It is not a high-intensity blast but an improvised one,” he added speaking to the reporters at the site.

The explosion occurred around 1 pm during the busy lunch hour when crowds from nearby offices generally line up.

“At 1.08 pm today, the fire department received a call about LPG leakage fire in the cafe. When our officers and teams reached the spot, there was no fire or flame. A bag which was lying behind a woman who was sitting with six other customers at the eatery exploded. It is suspected that the explosion could have been caused due to some object in that bag,” TN Shivashankar, Director of Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services department told PTI news agency.

Those injured have been shifted to different hospitals for treatment. Among them were two staff and seven customers, officials said.

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