16 Hurt in blast near political party office in India

New Delhi, Apr 17 (EFE).- An explosion wounded 16 people near an office of India's main opposition party in the southern city of Bangalore on Wednesday, police said.

The low-intensity blast occurred in the Malleshwaram residential neighborhood, 100 meters (yards) from the headquarters of the conservative BJP, the chief of police in Karnataka state, L. Pachau, told NDTV television.

Authorities are investigating to determine whether the incident was an attack or an accident.

Police said that "it seems" that the blast was from a bomb planted on a motorcycle.

Eight of the injured are police officers, since with the approach of the May 5 state elections a van belonging to security forces was stationed nearby to guard the BJP office.

Two teenage girls are also among the injured.

"The injured are not hurt very seriously and nobody is in critical condition," said Pachau, who added that "two vans, a motorcycle, a scooter and an automobile were damaged" by the explosion.