Bangalore: Sixteen people were injured, two of them seriously, in an explosion near the office of Karnataka's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday morning.  

Several vehicles were gutted but there was no damage to the party office in the explosion that was initially believed to be a cylinder blast. "The explosion took place around 10.20 am and investigation is on to find out whether it is caused by a bomb as a motorbike was found at the site," Bangalore Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar told reporters. 

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The BJP office is located in the crowded residential locality of Malleshwaram in north Bangalore, about eight kilometres from the city centre.

According to doctors, two women have sustained serious injuries in the blast, one of whom has suffered fracture in her leg.  "The others have suffered minor injuries with two of them complaining of loss of hearing," the doctors said.

Of the 16 injured, 11 are police personnel and five are civilians, including three women, Home Minister R Ashoka said at the explosion site. "This act was to terrorize BJP and its workers. We have sent a report to the central government," Ashoka said.


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