New Delhi, March 18: Twin blasts sent panic across Agra on Saturday, a day after Islamic State issued threat message on Taj Mahal and hours after a derailment bid in the city was foiled by security forces.
Two blasts were reported from Agra Cantonment railway station. Fortunately, no casualties were reported in the incident. The police have cordoned off the area.
The first blast occurred in a garbage dump after which panicked people started running hastily and meanwhile, the second blast occurred on the terrace of a house. The blast wasn't intended to hurt anyone but to spread shiver across the city which is already on terror alert since Friday.
After the explosion, bomb squad and sniffing dog squad have been rushed to the spot to foil any other such attempt. Security around Taj Mahal has also been beefed up considering the graphic image that emerged yesterday.
Reports came on Friday night claiming that a derailment bid near Agra had been foiled late after locals discovered rocks kept on tracks, apparently intended to cause a rail accident.
The ISIS had released a graphic on messaging app Telegram on March 14, 2017, which says "Agra istishhadi" (Agra martyrdom seeker). On one side, it shows a fighter holding a rocket propelled grenade and on the other side, it displays a van which appears to be heading towards the Taj Mahal. With a target symbol on the monument, a test below it reads, 'New Target'.