Serial blasts rock Hyderabad; several feared killed

Terror struck Hyderabad killing 12 people and injuring 84 others on Thurday evening 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 bicyles 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.

A woman was among the 12 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. 

Injured being treated at hospital
An injured person receives treatment at the Omini hospital Kothapet in Hyderabad on Thursday. Pic/AFP

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.  

NSG team rushed to Hyderabad

A team of forensic experts of NSG, the country's premier counter-terror force, was on Thursday flown to Hyderabad in the aftermath of the serial blasts that claimed at least ten lives.

The 'post-blasts' analysis team have been sent to Hyderabad, sources said, adding experts from the Chennai hub of the 'black cat' commandos force have also been rushed to the Andhra Pradesh capital.

The NSG, which is also the key force for counter-hijack operations, operates the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) which has detail information about such acts in the country.

The team will collect samples from the spot and analyse the 'trigger mechanism' used in the blasts, the sources added.

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