PATNA, India — A bomb planted under a bridge killed eight civilians Sunday a day after police found the crude device but left it under sandbags until it could be defused. Another bomb blamed on suspected rebels killed the eastern Indian state's top disposal expert and a soldier as they were trying to dismantle it.
The bomb planted under the bridge by suspected Maoist rebels had been found Saturday but could not be defused immediately, said Neelmani, a top police officer who uses only one name.
The area was cordoned and the bomb placed under sandbags. But on Sunday, teenage boys and men pulled the bomb out from under the sandbags and "fiddled" with it, Neelmani said. All five teenagers and three men were killed, and two injured men were hospitalized.
It happened in Pachokhar village in Aurangabad district of Bihar state. Neelmani also blamed suspected rebels for a bomb the exploded in the adjoining Gaya district Saturday, killing Bihar's leading explosive disposal expert and a paramilitary soldier as they tried to defuse the bomb.