Allahabad: Three children were killed and six others injured in a blast in a slum area of the city on Wednesday. The blast occurred in Kareli area. While three children were killed, six persons, including five kids, were injured, Senior Superintendent of Police of Allahabad Naveen Arora said.

"People have been rushed to various hospitals and we are in the process of joining the dots," he said. Police said the explosion appeared to have occurred at a scrap dump.

"Prima facie it appears that the children were playing near the scrap dump when the explosion occurred," B P Singh, IG (Law and Order) said in Lucknow.

An Anti-Terrorism Squad team has been rushed to the city to probe the case, he said. Some of the residents, however, claimed that the bomb was "hurled by an unidentified person who fled immediately", while others said that the explosive device was lying abandoned in a garbage heap and went off when a group of rag-pickers fiddled with it.

Police suspect that it could be a crude bomb explosion. "Teams of ATS and forensic experts have been sent to Allabahad to ascertain the cause of explosion," Singh said.

Asked whether the state government had received and alert from the Centre on a possible terror strike, Singh said that there were no specific alerts.
"Routine alerts do come from IB but there was no specific alert," he said.

Singh said that old Allahabad "is famous for crude bombs and it had taken shape of 'kutir udyog' (cottage industry) there" and police have been conducting raids at such places and arresting people. About the claims that bomb may have been hurled by someone, Singh said that it was ruled out in preliminary investigation.

(Agencies)

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