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No clear leads as to who planted S. India bomb -- Minister.

| NEW DELHI, April 18 (KUNA) -- Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Thursday said there are no "clear leads" about yesterday's bomb blast that ripped apart some cars and injured over a dozen civilains in South Indian Bangalore city.

"There is no clear lead. But the probe is on," he told reporters in a press conference in New Delhi.

He added that investigators are taking help from local police.

The bomb blast triggered panic outside the BJP office in southern city of Bangalore with many pointing fingers at Indian Mujahideen, an indigenous group which Indian police believes has been part of many similar attacks in the past.

The Home Minister, however, refused to name any group behind the attacks.

"But I assure the nation that we will catch the people behind the Bangalore blast," he said.

Earlier, Chief Minister of India's Southern state Karanataka told media there was no intelligence alert about yesterday's bomb blast.

"There was no specific alert from anybody about the bomb blast," the state CM Jagadish Shettar told media.

Reacting to allegations that the bomb blast could also be a handiwork of right-wing Hindu fanatics also known as "saffron" terrorists, Shettar said the state opposition Congress should desist from giving a political colour to the incident.

"It will not be in a good taste." Meanwhile, a popular news portal First Post Thursday quoting National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials as saying the agency is scanning through CCTV footage not only from the BJP office but also from private offices and shops near the party's office.

"However, contrary to some reports, the investigators have emphatically denied reports that Indian Mujahideen's Yasin Bhatkal alias Yasin Muhammad Siddibapa had been identified from the footage," it said. (end) KUNA 181519 Apr 13NNNN

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Date:Apr 18, 2013
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