Terror struck Hyderabad killing 13 people and injuring 83 others tonight when two powerful near simultaneous blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area.
The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles took place in the peak hour at two sites 100 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area located on the
Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.
Police said late tonight that 13 people, including two MBA students, have been killed in the blasts.
Eight of the 13 killed have been identified, they said.
A woman was among the dead, said state DGP Dinesh Reddy, who said it was "definitely the handiwork of a terrorist network." Reddy said IEDs were used in the attack.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh said the near two simultaneous very powerful blasts indicate that it was a "terror attack".
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kirankumar Reddy said five-six of the injured were serious.
The twin blasts, described as dastardly by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who announced a Rs two lakh exgratia to the kin of each of the victims, triggered a stampede-like situation with people trying to scamper for safety as it left a bloody trail.
The scene wore a gory look with severed body parts lying around. Footwear and various other objects were also seen indicating the desperation of the victims and the injured to flee the spot.
The Dilsukhnagar area is thickly populated and traffic jams are routine in the evenings with officegoers and students rushing home. Large numbers of people wait at the numerous bus shelters, eateries and shops in the area.
Eight people were killed in the first blast that took place at 6.58 PM near Konark theatre and three in the second that followed three minutes later.
Shinde said two bombs were placed within a distance of 100 to 150 metres and placed in two bicycles.
The injured have been rushed to various hospitals by ambulances and police and bomb disposal squads swung into action and began searches.
Shinde, who is likely to visit Hyderabad tomorrow, spoke of some intelligence inputs for the last two days which was shared with all the states but there was no specific information "like this", referring to the terror strike.
Official sources said a general alert was issued for two consecutive days from February 19 to all major cities suggesting a possible attack by Pakistani-based terror groups to avenge the hangings of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and Mumbai attack convict Ajmal
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condemned the blasts, saying those behind the dastardly act will not go unpunished.
A team of National Security Guards(NSG) was being rushed to Hyderabad.
The previous major attack in Hyderabad was on August 25, 2007 when two blasts took place almost simultaneously in which 42 people were killed. The first blast was in Lumbini amusement park followed by another at an eating joint.
In the same year, there was a blast at the famous Mecca Masjid in which nine people were killed.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh said a NSG team headed for Hyderabad from Delhi by a BSF aircraft. A team of NIA hub stationed in Hyderabad has also rushed to the spot.
Singh said no group has taken responsibility yet.
There were reports that the bomb blast could be heard two to three kms away from the site of the explosion.
Sources in the state-run Osmania General Hospital said of the around 30 injured people admitted some of them were in a serious condition. They said three bodies were received brought dead.
Official sources said 14 blast victims were admitted to private Yashoda hospital at
Malakpet. In another private hospital, 18 injured persons were admitted.
S A Huda, Additional DGP (law and order), said the bomb blasts occurred at two places both in the Dilsukhnagar area falling within the Cyberabad
Heart rending scenes were seen at the hospital as blood soaked injured persons, some of them grievously, were being treated amid wails of their relatives.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and Home Minister P Sabita Reddy also rushed to the spot. The chief minister described the attack as an "act of cowards".
The Dilsukhnagar area witnessed a blast in 2002 near a famous Saibaba temple in which two persons were killed and over 20 injured.
The Prime Minister condemned the attacks in Hyderabad and promised that the culprits would not go unpunished.
The full statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office:
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has strongly condemned the bomb blasts in Hyderabad. While expressing shock and grief over the loss of lives in the blasts, the Prime Minister has appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace. He has also directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations.
"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished", the Prime Minister added.
The Prime Minister has also sanctioned ex-gratia from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund to the tune of Rs.2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased persons and Rs.50,000/- each to the persons seriously injured in bomb blasts.
President Pranab Mukherjee expressed his condolences to families of the bereaved. He called for zero-tolerance against such acts and asked people to maintain calm in wake of such incidents.
The President also appealed to people to remain alert against such deliberate attempts aimed at disrupting peace and harmony in the country.
Vice President, Hamid Ansari conveyed his condolences to the families of the innocent victims who lost their lives.
Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar condoled the loss of lives in the blasts and conveyed her condolences to the bereaved families.
Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh said, this is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished.
Congress President, Sonia Gandhi expressed her sorrow and anguish on the blasts in Hyderabad.
BJP President, Rajnath Singh said, I express my condolences to the family members of those killed in the blast. This is a condemnable incident. I hope the government will take appropriate action to provide immediate and adequate relief to those injured in the
Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi said, news of blasts in Hyderabad is saddening. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for peace & calm
Hyderabad Mayor, Md Majid Hussain said, whoever has done this...It is a cowardly act. I strongly condemn it. This is a moment of deep grief and I extend my sympathy to the bereaved
Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi condemned the blasts in Hyderabad and extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
BJP State President, G Kishan Reddy said, our immediate concern is to see that the injured persons get better treatment. We want communal harmony to
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