The explosion occurred at around 9:40 a.m. during a prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kalamassery.
Kerala Bomb Blast News Live: One person was killed and over 30 were injured in a blast at a convention centre of a Christian group in Kochi on Sunday morning. The cause of the blast is being probed.
The explosion occurred at around 9:40 am during a prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kalamassery. Teams of counter-terror sleuths and National Security Guards (NSG) have been dispatched to the blast site. Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that he is monitoring the situation closely.
Visuals on local TV channels showed fire rescue and police personnel in large numbers evacuating people from the site. Many people were seen outside the convention centre after the explosion.
According to Kerala Industries Minister P Rajeev the blast site is cordoned off and police and fire rescue have been pressed into action. Kerala Health Minister Veena George has asked all government healthcare professionals to report for duty after the incident.
Here’s what we know about the blast in Kochi so far:
- The blast occurred at around 9.40 am during a prayer meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Kalamassery.
- The three-day prayer meeting was set to conclude on Sunday.
- A congregation of 2,500 persons was present at the time.
- Fire personnel and a team of police reached the blast site and recovered the body of the deceased.
- Those injured have been admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Kalamassery and in private hospitals.