Bomb blast in Imphal kills one and injures 3

Imphal, November 30: One person was killed and at least three injured following a bomb blast in Manipur’s capital, Imphal, on Wednesday.

The powerful bomb exploded at around 11 a.m. ahead of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh”s visit to the state.

Singh is scheduled to take part in the inauguration of a newly constructed State Assembly complex and convention centre on Saturday.

The incident took place about 50 metres away from the due to be inaugurated City Convention Centre, outside the venue of the Sangai Tourist Festival, in which people from Thailand and Malaysia were taking part.

Security forces immediately cordoned off the area in order to allow bomb experts to inspect the site.

Police personnel and dog squads were deployed at the blast site and were seen carrying victims.

According to local media reports, the bomb was fixed onto a rickshaw and the driver paid to carry the device.

The blast also comes a day after the end of the 120-day blockade in the state.