PUNE, India, Feb 14, (AFP) - Eight people were killed and 32 injured in a bomb blast today at a restaurant popular with tourists in the western Indian city of Pune, officials said.
The blast took place at about 7:30 pm at the German Bakery — an established eatery in the Koregaon Park area of the city, not far from a Jewish cultural centre and an internationally renowned religious retreat. "It was a bomb blast," Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai told reporters adding that one foreigner was among the eight people killed.
"It appears that an unattended package was noticed... by one of the waiters who apparently went and attempted to open the package when the blast took place," Pillai said. He was quoted earlier by PTI as saying that it was a terror attack.
It was the first major attack on Indian soil since the November 2008 assault by Islamist gunmen on the Maharashtra state capital, Mumbai, which India blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.