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Blast at McDonald's in Mumbai, 17 injured

Press Trust of India

Posted: Dec 06, 2002 at 1804 hrs IST

At least 17 people were injured, three of them seriously, following an explosion at a popular food plaza in the crowded Mumbai Central station on Friday, police said.

Police suspect that the explosion could be a gas cylinder blast or blast in the air-conditioner unit.

The injured, who include employees and customers of the newly set up McDonalds food plaza in the foyer of the station, have been rushed to a nearby hospital, railway police sources said.

Railway Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria along with top officials have rushed to the spot the area has been cordoned off after the explosion at around 1700 hours, IST, the sources said.

Forensic experts, fire brigade personnel, a team of bomb disposal squad and two sniffer dogs were pressed into service to ascertain the cause of the explosion, they said.

Local and long distance trains on western railway were suspended and Mumbai Central station evacuated following the explosion. Nearby commercial establishments also downed shutters immediately, the sources said.

The foyer of the Mumbai Central station near the food plaza was strewn with shards of glass pieces.

The city has been flooded with hoax calls since Monday after a crude bomb exploded in a best bus, killing two persons and injuring 31 others at Ghatkopar on Monday.

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