“The incident occurred on the Safdarjung Road-Aurangzeb Road crossing around 3.15 pm. The Innova had stopped at the traffic signal. It had a red Indica behind it and a Maruti Omni in front. A Volkswagen Polo was next to the Innova,” said a police officer as reported by the Indian Express.
“I initially thought it was a CNG or an LPG blast. The woman inside the car ... insisted that she be taken to the embassy," read a tweet by Joji Philip Thomas, Editor (Telecom) Economic Times, who witenessed the horrendous explosion and uploaded two photographs.
According to eyewitness account the biker was wearing a brown jacket and riding a bike.
"They told us the man was speeding and seemed to be trailing the car," said the officer. He further said that the biker escaped after he took a left turn.
"I heard a loud explosion. It was as if a tyre had burst. I ran towards the spot where I saw an Innova on fire. There was a middle-aged woman inside, who appeared to be a foreigner. In the driver’s seat was an Indian who appeared to be around 30 years of age," said 45-year-old Ravi Singh, who owns a petrol pump on Aurangzeb Road.
Minutes after the explosion took place, the entire area was barricaded by security personnel who helped the man and woman, who fell vicitim to the explosion, said Singh.
"I was at the tennis court when I heard a loud bang. I thought it was a cylinder blast in the adjoining kitchen. When I came out, I saw smoke and rushed to the spot to find the car in flames," said Wasim Ahmed, a tennis coach at the Gymkhana Club.
“I was walking when I hear a loud sound. I saw that the Innova had caught fire and the Indica and Omni were damaged. All the windows and the windshields of cars were damaged. I pulled out my phone and took a video of the car in flames," said Monu, a student who witnessed the explosion and captured the video on his mobile to Newsline.