Blast Near Railway Track In UP, 1 Injured

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Lucknow: A minor-intensity blast has been reported near a railway track at the Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. One person was reportedly injured in the blast. The police have recovered four crude bombs from the spot, and are investigating the matter. A forensic sciences team is also at the spot.

Initial reports suggest that crude bombs were used in the explosion. The police have kept the probe open-ended and have not commented if it is a terror attack.

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There have been several incidents in the past few months where the Indian Railways have been targetted. Earlier this month, a blast was reported on a train at Madhya Pradesh in which nine persons were injured. Following that incident, a major encounter took place in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in which an alleged member of an Islamic State-inspired module was killed. It was said that Saifullah, who was killed in the encounter, was behind the blast.

The NIA too is investigating two cases in which the railways were targetted. While one probe relates to a failed plot in Bihar the other is a sabotage at Kuneru in Andhra Pradesh. The NIA has probed several persons in this regard and even found a Inter-Services Intelligence link to the incident in Bihar. The Kuneru incident, in which a train derailed is suspected to be the handiwork of the Naxals.

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