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DIPLOMATS have requested security be increased in Adliya after a minor blast near the Indian Embassy.

Residents called police after hearing a "loud noise" when a device exploded in a rubbish bin at around 10pm on Tuesday on waste ground near several restaurants, a sheesha cafŽ and other popular outlets.

The blast was the second homemade device to have exploded in Adliya in just over three weeks.

Indian Ambassador Dr Mohan Kumar confirmed the embassy had beefed up security and was co-operating with the Interior and Foreign Affairs ministries.

"I can say that we have reinforced security close to the embassy," he said.

"I have spoken with top officials from the Interior Ministry, who assured they will brief me on the outcome of their investigations."

Dr Kumar does not believe the explosion will affect the daily activities of Indians and said the embassy's monthly open house event will go ahead as normal tomorrow.

Another embassy official demanded extra police patrols in Adliya.

"This is the second incident in Adliya and this time it is close to the Indian Embassy," he said.

Investigation

"The security bodies should look into the matter."

The Interior Ministry yesterday confirmed the investigation into the blast was continuing.

"The explosion was result of a homemade bomb in the trash bin," it said.

Sources said investigators were studying evidence collected from the scene, including fingerprints and debris.

They also inspected a row of empty garages located nearby.

When the GDN visited the site yesterday morning life was continuing as normal.

A resident living in a building opposite the site of the explosion was unaware of what happened until they saw heavy police presence in the area.

"There were so many policemen in the open ground and the roads were blocked," she said.

"One of my friends called me and said there were reports online of a blast near the Indian Embassy."

Another resident said he was shocked to see police and riot police outside his home.

"I heard a loud noise at about 10pm and went to the balcony, but could not see anything," he said.

The latest blast follows a spate of explosions in Gudaibiya and Adliya on November 5, which killed Indian Thirunavukarasu Murugaiyan, 29, and 33-year-old Bangladeshi Shajib Mian Shukur Mian and injured Indian sanitation worker Dhana Ram Sainin.

The Indian Embassy later urged its people to be vigilant and "avoid handling suspicious packages and report anything unusual to authorities".

sandy@gdn.com.bh



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