Two simultaneous blasts rocked the Indian city of Hyderabad Thursday killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 50. The blast took place at Konark and Venkatadri movie theatres simultaneously at around 7.00 pm (Indian Standard Time).
According to reports, the blasts were triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles. Another bomb has been recovered near a foot bridge, close to the area where the two bombs exploded. The two blasts took place within 150 meters of each other.
The scene presented a gory ambience with severed body parts lying around. The Dilsukhnagar area in Hyderabad is thickly populated and the blast took place at peak hour in the evening with office goers and students returning home.
The area, dotted by numerous eateries remains crowded in the evening. The blast triggered a stampede-like situation with people trying to escape to safety.
Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde confirmed the death toll and mentioned that the government had "intelligence inputs of expected blasts somewhere in the country for the past two days and had alerted all state governments."
The Home Minister refused to mention on who could be behind the blasts and said it was too early to speculate. "It was too early to say anything and only an investigation will reveal it," he said.
NDTV reports that a team of forensic experts from the National Security Guard (NSG), the country's premier counter-terrorism unit has been flown to Hyderabad. The NSG, a core force delegated for counter-hijack operations, operates the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) which will collect samples from the spot.
Reacting to the bomb blast at Hyderabad, Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh described the attack as a "dastardly attack" and said the guilty should not "go unpunished."
According to DNA, a tweet from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) quoted Manmohan Singh, "This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished." Mr. Singh directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to state authorities in Andhra Pradesh.
Hyderabad, a city of with more than 10 million people, is an important information technology hub and has a mixed population of Muslims and Hindus. Thursday’s explosion in Hyderabad is the first major bomb attack to hit the city after the 2007 twin blasts which killed more than 40 people.
Source: NDTV / Zee News