Kollam (Kerala), June 15: A 61-year-old man was injured when a suspected country-made ‘steel bomb’ kept under an unused jeep exploded at the collectorate-cum-district courts complex here today.  Sabu, hailing from nearby Kundara, was standing near the jeep belonging to the State Labour Department when the explosion occurred, police said. He has come to the court in connection with a case. Also Read: Bombay High Court order on Udta Punjab has set a principle: ExpertAlso Read - Bomb Threat Issued to Rajinikanth, Chennai Police Begins Search Operation

Preliminary findings showed the explosion was caused by a ‘steel bomb’ (explosives packed in steel pipe) planted beneath the parked vehicle, which was partially damaged under the impact of the blast, police said. Sabu suffered injury in his eye and nose and his condition was not serious, police said adding he had been hospitalised. Also Read - Jackal Dies After Bomb Wrapped in Meat Explodes in Its Mouth, Horrified Netizens Ask 'How Long Will This Sadism Continue?'

Police suspect that explosive was deliberately placed under the jeep, which was not in use for a long time, so as to create a scare. Bomb squad and other forensic officials are at the spot. ?? Police said they recovered gelatin sticks and 17 batteries and fuse materials from the jeep. Also Read - UK Woman Accidentally Digs Up World War 2 Bomb While Gardening, Thinks It's a Stone