Anti-Terrorism Squad Probing Pune Blast, Says Rajnath Singh

 The low intensity blast outside a police station in Pune on Thursday is being investigated by the Maharashtra anti-terror squad, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said. (Low-Intensity Blast in Pune, Police Say Terror Attack Not Ruled Out)

Three people were injured when an improvised explosive device planted in a stolen motorcycle exploded at around 2 in the afternoon in Pune's Budhwarpeth area. Nails and ball bearings found later pointed at an explosive device, the police said.

Sources said a timer and detonator were used, but the amount of explosive - ammonium nitrate - used indicated that the intent was to create panic, not to kill.

The stolen bike in which the bomb was planted reportedly belongs to a police constable.

The Pune police have gathered footage from 30 CCTVs in and around the blast site as well as from Satara, around 100 km away, from where the bike was reportedly stolen.

"The area is very crowded and several people can be seen in the footage obtained from a building just opposite the police station," they added.

The blast took place near the city's famous Dagdu Sheth Ganapati temple, which has been on the hit list of the Indian Mujahideen, the terror group behind the 2010 blast at the German Bakery in which 17 people were killed.

10 teams of the Crime Branch and the Anti-Terror Squad or ATS are investigating what is believed to be a terror attack.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told NDTV today, "The possibility of a terror attack cannot be ruled out.  I will not speculate on intent. But no one has taken responsibility for the attack."

Security across Pune as well as Mumbai has been tightened after the blast. 

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