Update: Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced a compensation of Rs. 50,000 to the injured in the Haryana roadways bus blast near Pipli village in Sonepat district of the state. The state government has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under the Additional Director General of Police to probe the matter. (ANI)
Update: An explosion on a public bus today in Haryana was a terror attack, sources in the union Home Ministry said. 12 people were injured when a bomb exploded in Kurukshetra, 220 km from Delhi.
Chandigarh: A “low-intensity” blast took place in a Haryana Roadways bus on Thursday afternoon, reports said. At least 12 passengers have been injured in the incident, according to the police.
The blast took place in a bus near Pipli in Sonepat district. It was said to have been on its way to Chandigarh from Sonepat.
CNN-News18 quoted eyewitnesses as saying that the blast took place as a battery-like object exploded in the bus. The cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained, police said, adding that forensic experts have been summoned. The blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), India Today reported.
A bomb squad is at the location to investigate the incident, Times Now reported. While the injured were taken to a hospital, the rest continued their travel in another bus.
The injured were being treated at a hospital in Kurukshetra, police said. Police have registered a case and started investigations.