CCTV footage reveals Bengaluru popular cafe explosion

Nine people were wounded in the explosion but are expected to recover fully.

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Shantanu Poswal
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Disturbing CCTV footage has emerged showing the moments before and after a bomb blast at a popular cafe in Bengaluru, India on Thursday afternoon. The explosion at The Rameshwaram Cafe in the Kundalahalli area occurred around 12:30pm, injuring at least nine people.

The CCTV camera above the cafe's counter captured customers waiting to be seated just before the blast. A waiter is seen about to place a plate on the counter when the explosion suddenly rips through part of the restaurant. Debris falls from the ceiling and a person attempting to flee is seen falling down, while a woman lies motionless on the floor. She is later seen turning and trying unsuccessfully to get up.

Another CCTV angle inside the cafe shows the counter and waiting area. When the blast hits, customers and staff behind the counter immediately start running away.

Bomb squad, anti-terror and forensic teams have reached the site to investigate. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters an improvised explosive device (IED) was used based on preliminary information.

The injured victims are being treated at Brookfield Hospital in Bengaluru and are reportedly out of danger, according to state police chief Alok Mohan. Police have filed a case under anti-terror and explosives laws.

Before the Chief Minister's statement, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya had also tweeted that after speaking to the cafe's founder, the explosion "seems to be a clear case of bomb blast".

The disturbing visuals show the cafe's normal busy afternoon instantly transformed into chaos and panic after the devastating explosion..