One person was killed and more than 20 others were injured in a devastating blast that occurred at a convention centre belonging to a Christian group in Kalamassery, Ernakulam in Kerala. The incident happened during a prayer meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sunday morning. The cause of the explosion is currently under investigation, with top police officials and the Kerala Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) present at the site.
Authorities received a call about the blast at around 9 am, and soon after, fire rescue and police personnel swiftly arrived to evacuate people from the scene. The visuals shown on TV channels displayed the considerable presence of emergency responders as they worked to ensure the safety of the attendees. Shocked individuals were seen gathering outside the convention centre following the explosion.
The Chief Minister of Kerala expressed his deep sorrow over the unfortunate incident, stating that the government is actively gathering information regarding what took place. He assured that top officials, including the Director General of Police (DGP), are in Ernakulam and that the matter is being treated with utmost seriousness.
The blast site has been cordoned off, and a substantial deployment of police and fire rescue teams have been deployed to manage the situation. The Kerala Health Minister has also called on all government healthcare professionals to report for duty after the incident.
As investigations continue, further details are awaited related to the cause of the explosion and any potential motives behind it. The community is left in shock and mourning as they come to terms with the loss of life and the injuries sustained by many innocent individuals at this Christian convention centre.