Five persons killed in bomb blast near Kudankulam nuclear plant

Those killed included a woman and three children, all aged below five years, they said.

hidden November 27, 2013 05:11:11 IST
Five persons killed in bomb blast near Kudankulam nuclear plant

Tirunelveli (TN): Five people, including three children, were killed on the spot in a powerful bomb explosion tonight in a colony in Idinthakarai coastal village, close to Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant, police said.

Those killed included a woman and three children, all aged below five years, they said.

Five persons killed in bomb blast near Kudankulam nuclear plant

The Kudankulam Nuclear Plant. PTI

Two houses were razed under the impact of the blast, they said, adding rescue teams rushed to the spot to clear the debris and extricate people believed trapped under it.

DIG of Police Sumith Saran and Superintendent of Police Vijendra Bidari also rushed to the spot.

People of Idinthakarai, the hub of protests against KNPP, backed by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, have been agitating for more than two years, demanding its closure.

Unit-1 had attained criticality on 13 July this year following protests against the project by anti-nuclear activists in areas around the complex, citing safety reasons.

Police had raided Kunthankuli village near Idinthakarai in 2012 and early this year and seized some country bombs from some huts.

Police suspect that some people involved in criminal cases from Kunthankuli were staying in the two houses.

PTI

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