3kg bomb found at Delhi flower market, aiming to ’cause maximum damage’

A controlled explosion is carried out by the teams on site to detonate the bomb.

New Delhi:

A 3kg bomb, intended to “cause maximum damage”, was found this morning in an abandoned bag left at a busy flower market in east Delhi. A controlled explosion was carried out by the police to defuse the bomb planted in the Ghazipur market, which usually draws huge crowds.

Police suspect it was a terrorist attempt ahead of Republic Day celebrations on January 26.

An eight-foot pit was dug to carry out the controlled blast at the market near the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. The visual shows a loud explosion and smoke rising near the market, which had been cleared and cordoned off.

#LOOK | Delhi: The National Security Guard (NSG) carry out a controlled explosion of the IED found at the flower market in Ghazipur, east Delhi pic.twitter.com/tV0PMYxSLF

— ANI (@ANI) January 14, 2022

The improvised explosive device (IED) or raw bomb was kept in a bag left by a customer, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told NDTV.

The man drove to the market around 9.30am by scooter, apparently to buy flowers from a shop.

The abandoned scooter with the bag was spotted a little later and the flower seller, suspecting something wrong, called the police.

Officers from the Delhi Police Special Cell arrived and blocked access to the market as the bomb disposal team tackled the explosives.

The bomb was planted at a time when it would have caused maximum damage, Delhi police said. A timer was attached to it.

Thousands of small farmers, traders and horticulturists gather at the market in the morning.

“Initial examinations show that the explosive is a mixture of nitrate and RDX. The triggering device could be a clock or a mobile phone,” law enforcement sources said.

CCTV footage is scanned for suspects.

A bomb in the crowded market has raised serious security concerns ahead of Republic Day celebrations. Police are also investigating whether there is a connection to elections in neighboring UP in February-March.

Terisa K. Carn