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Bengaluru, Dec 28: A woman was killed and a man injured in a blast triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in front of a popular restaurant on a busy road in the heart of the city tonight. The IED wrapped in a plastic bag and suspected to have been placed in a bushy plant went off around 8.30 PM in front of Coconut Grove restaurant, killing the woman in her 30s and injuring her relative after they were hit by shrapnels, Karnataka Director General of Police L Pachau told reporters at the site. Also Read - Bangalore Lockdown: Will There be a Complete Shutdown Across Karnataka After July 22? CM BSY Finally Breaks His Silence

City Police Commissioner M N Reddi confirmed that the woman identified as Bhavani succumbed to injuries at a hospital, where she was rushed in a serious condition. Her relative Karthik is also hospitalised but out of danger. The restaurant is close to the fashionable Brigade Road and MG Road, dotted with bars and restaurants with teeming crowd on weekends. Also Read - COVID-19 Bodies Not to be Cremated or Buried in City, Bengaluru Issues New Order

Reddi said no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, as the police cordoned off the area and mobilised the entire city police force stepping up security. The blast was of low intensity, Pachau said, adding experts were examining “as to what type of bomb was used.”