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Blast in Allahabad kills four children and woman.

A WOMAN and four children were killed and over a dozen others injured in a powerful blast in the Kareli locality of Allahabad district on Wednesday.

The injured comprise mostly women and children.

" The explosion occurred when some boys found a tin container and tried to open it with a hammer," city SSP Naveen Arora said.

The dead children were between 10 and 15 years of age.

Allahabad DIG N. Ravindran said the explosion, which took place around 4 pm, seems to have been caused by a crude bomb.

" Prima facie, it appears that some children picked up some crude bombs from a garbage dump," he added.

However, the IG ( crime, law and order) B. P. Singh made a startling statement. " Manufacturing crude bombs is like a cottage industry in that locality of the district. Such incidents take place quite often," he said.

The locals have a different tale to tell. They allege that some property dealers have been eyeing the space in which over 250 ragpickers and labourers live in about 50 shanties.

" Some people have been threatening us, asking us to vacate the place for the past few years. It is possible that they planted the bombs. You can see the intensity of the explosion. The limbs of our dead children are hanging from trees. Those who got injured have pellets and nails embedded in their bodies," Maqsood, a rickshaw- puller, said over the phone.

According to the police officials, some of the injured are critical and the toll may rise.

Uttar Pradesh DGP A. C. Sharma has called a meeting of senior officials to assess the situation.

" A team of the Anti- Terrorist Squad has been sent to Allahabad to inspect the blast site.

We will give concrete information once the team collects samples and gives a report," IG Singh said.

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Date:May 24, 2012
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