Bomb found at New Delhi flower market

Indian bomb experts have shut down a busy flower market in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday after they found an improvised explosive device in an abandoned bag, police said.

“The site is under a police cordon and we have recovered an IED (Improvized Explosive Device),” a police officer told AFP.

“Everything else, including who left the bag there and the kind of explosive in the bag is a matter of investigation.”

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Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told the NDTV news channel that the bag was left behind by a customer visiting a store to buy flowers at the Ghazipur wholesale flower market.

Media reports said police carried out a controlled explosion.

The market in east Delhi gets up early in the morning for thousands of small farmers, horticulturists and shopkeepers.

India is in an increased state of security ahead of the celebrations of Republic Day on January 26, when a military parade will take place in the heart of the capital.

Police arrested four men last year for a small bomb attack outside the Israeli embassy.

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

The Indian capital saw its last major terrorist attack in September 2008 when a series of bombings in busy, upmarket shopping areas killed at least two dozen people and injured 90 others.

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