One dead, 18 wounded in bombing in Indian capital

NEW DELHI, Sept 27, 2008 (AFP) - One child was killed and 18 people were wounded today in a bomb attack in a crowded shopping area in the Indian capital, police said. The powerful bomb blast came exactly two weeks after several markets in New Delhi were hit by deadly serial explosions claimed by an Islamist militant group called the Indian Mujahideen.

The government immediately said it would take “strong measures.” A young boy was killed instantly when he picked up a bag containing the bomb to return it to suspects who fled the market before the explosion, police said.

“Two young men in black denims, black T-shirts and wearing helmets drove a motorcycle to the market and the pillion rider dropped a polythene bag containing the bomb,” deputy police commissioner H.S. Dhaliwal told reporters.

“A 10-year-old boy tried to help and return the bag to the riders but they sped away and the bag exploded, killing the child instantly,” he said. “Eighteen others were injured, three of them critically.”

The official said checkposts had been thrown up across the city to hunt for the attackers. There were no immediate reports of anyone claiming responsibility for the attack.

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