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Two minor blasts in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Two minor bomb blasts in Kozhikode in which two people were injured Friday left the Kerala city shell-shocked.

The first bomb went off at around 12.30 p.m. behind the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus stand and 20 minutes later the second blast followed at another bus stand barely a stone’s throw away.

Police say one constable and a porter suffered minor injuries in the second explosion.

Unconfirmed reports indicate there was an anonymous call to the office of the Kozhikode collector that said there would be four blasts in the city during the day.

Saji Joseph, a sub-inspector of police, said when he reached the KSRTC stand after the first blast, he was told by mediapersons that another was likely to follow.

"As soon as I heard that, I reached the second stand and began evacuating people and the buses. After a search, I found an abandoned black plastic bag. Using a stick I moved the bag, which exploded," he said.

Police have cordoned off the two bus stands and are on a high alert.

Last year Kozhikode witnessed a bomb explosion in a boat and police also recovered gelatine sticks from the cloakroom of the KSRTC bus stand.