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An Indian security personnel stands guard on a deserted street during a curfew at Kokrajhar town in the northeastern Indian state of Assam.

New Delhi - Four low-intensity bomb blasts hit the western Indian city of Pune on Wednesday, officials said.

The explosions took place on the busy Junglee Maharaj Road, Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.

Shinde said one person suffered minor injuries and an investigation had been launched. The minister said it was too early to comment on the nature of the blasts.

Shinde attend an event in Pune on Wednesday but cancelled the visit after he was appointed Home Minister in a cabinet reshuffle.

One blast occurred outside a theatre, another opposite a restaurant, a third outside a bank and the fourth near a bus stand, IANS news agency reported.

A fifth bomb was defused by a bomb disposal squad, NDTV reported, citing police sources. Initial reports said five blasts had occurred.

“The blasts appear to be well-coordinated,” a police officer said.

Federal Home Secretary RK Singh said police were carrying out search operations in case there were more explosives in the area.

Police anti-terror units are at the scene and the area has been cordoned off.

Junglee Maharaj Road is a busy area popular with students and young people.

At least 15 people were killed in a bomb blast at a bakery in Pune, located about 10 kilometres away from Junglee Maharaj Road, in February 2010. - Sapa-dpa


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