Fourteen killed, 17 hurt in blast in southern India
CHENNAI, India - At least 14 people were killed and 17 injured in
southern India when a vehicle carrying explosives blew up, police said.
"The jeep was carrying gelatine sticks. Fourteen people were killed
and 17 were injured. Two of them are in a critical condition," K.
Radhakrishnan, inspector general of police told AFP. The blast occurred
at Chendur village some 130 kilometers (80 miles) from Chennai, capital
of Tamil Nadu state.
Most of the victims were villagers who had gathered near the car to
douse the flames.
Police said the jeep was transporting explosives - meant for clearing
stones to construct roads - from a licensed shop.
They ruled out earlier reports that the vehicle might have been
transporting weapons to the coast to be smuggled to northern Sri Lanka,
where rebel Tamil Tigers are waging a deadly insurgency.