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Blast in Kochi collectorate, Kerala on high alert

A man near the spot suffered minor injuries in the blast.

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Updated:July 10, 2009, 8:47 PM IST
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Blast in Kochi collectorate, Kerala on high alert
A man near the spot suffered minor injuries in the blast.

Thiruvananthapuram: A high alert was sounded across Kerala and security beefed up after an explosion at the Kochi collectorate building on Friday evening was identified as a pipe bomb blast.

The explosion took place around 1510 hrs (IST) in the staircase leading to the fifth floor of the building. Initially it was thought to be a fire that broke out but later forensic experts inspecting the site found that that it was a pipe bomb and identified a timer, ammonium nitrate and batteries.

A man near the spot suffered minor injuries in the blast.

State Revenue Minister KP Rajendran who rushed to the site said that a high level inquiry would be ordered.

After the forensic experts identified explosive materials, state Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose asked all the 14 district superintendents of police to maintain a high vigil. He left for Kochi himself.

Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, who are both in Delhi to attend a crucial party meeting, called up the Ernakulam District Collector M Beena after being informed of the incident.

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