Bomb found at New Delhi flower market

Indian police said bomb disposal experts surrounded a crowded flower market in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday after an explosive device was found left in an abandoned suitcase.

“The site is under police cordon and we have recovered an explosive device,” a police officer told AFP.

“Everything else including who left the bag there and the type of explosives inside the bag is a matter of investigation.”

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Police commissioner Rakesh Astana told NDTV news channel that the bag was left by a customer who had visited a shop to buy flowers in the Ghazipur Flower Wholesale Market.

According to media reports, the police carried out a controlled explosion.

The market in East Delhi welcomes thousands of small farmers, horticulturists and shopkeepers early in the morning.

India is under tight security ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26, when a military parade is scheduled to take place in the heart of the capital.

Last year, police arrested four men in a small bomb explosion outside the Israeli embassy.

No injuries were reported at the time, but the windows of three cars were smashed in the incident, which officials in Jerusalem described as a terrorist attack.

The Indian capital witnessed its last major terrorist attack in September 2008 when a series of bombings in crowded and upscale shopping areas killed at least twenty people and injured 90 others.

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