Twin bomb blasts rocks Hyderabad: 14 dead, 119 injured; HM Shinde says investigations on
By FnF Correspondent
PUBLISHED: Feb 22, 2013, 11:06 am IST | UPDATED: Feb 22, 2013, 11:06 am
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Hyderabad: Twin bombings in a busy shopping area of Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad are now known to have killed 14 people and wounded 119, Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Friday.
"The total dead are 14, total injured is 119. Out of this six are critical," Shinde said at a press conference in the city.
Shinde addressed a press conference after visiting the blast and said that investigation has started and the government will not leave any stone unturned.
Investigation have begun and the state government has appointed a probe team, he said.
Replying to a query about inputs suggesting that a blast might take place in Hyderabad, he said there was no specific alert and only a general alert was issued to the states.
To another query about the involvement of group in the blast, he said such things can't be said at the moment.
Shinde, who arrived in the city early Friday, drove to Dilsukhnagar and inspected the blast scene along with Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, chief minister N Kiran Kumar
Director general of police V Dinesh Reddy briefed Shinde about the two near-simultaneous blasts in the crowded area.
The minister inspected the fast food centre where the bicycle bomb killed at least eight persons on the spot.
He then went to the bus shelter about 150 meters away where the second blast killed another six people and left many injured.
Shinde also spoke with officials of the National Investigating Agency and enquired about the clues gathered from the scene.
Shinde later visited some hospitals where the injured persons were undergoing treatment.
Two powerful near simultaneous blasts had ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area on Thursday.
The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadri theatres in the area located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.
DGP Reddy had said it was "definitely the handiwork of a terrorist network" and IEDs were used in the attack.
The Union home secretary had said the near two simultaneous very powerful blasts indicate that it was a "terror attack".
Meanwhile, police have established the identity of 12 of the 14 killed in the blasts.
Two of the deceased were MBA students, a release from Cyberabad Police Commissioner's office said.
Post-mortem of the bodies was conducted at Osmania General Hospital.
The police said the first bomb exploded at around 7.01pm in front of Anand Tiffin Centre near the Konark theatre. Another bomb went off after a few minutes at a foot-over bridge near the Venkatadri theatre, just 150 metres away.
Dilsukhnagar, in the eastern part of Hyderabad, is an education and commercial hub with hundreds of computer coaching institutions, theatres and fruit and wholesale grain markets nearby.
There is also a temple is in the vicinity where devotees gather on Thursdays.
The bodies were shifted to Osmania Hospital for autopsy, while the injured were shifted to the nearby Omni hospital and Yashoda hospital.
This is the 11th terror strike in India since the November 26, 2008 attack in Mumbai. Altogether, 60 people were killed in these attacks across five cities. The last terror attack in Hyderabad in August 2007 had killed 44.