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Deadly bombings hit India’s Hyderabad

22.02.2013 - 10:19

Deadly bombings hit India’s southern city of Hyderabad on Thursday.

Deadly bombings hit India’s southern city of Hyderabad, a bustling market-place on Thursday. 11 people were killed and dozens of others were injured. “Both blasts took place within a radius of 150 metres,” federal Home (Interior) Minister Sushil Shinde told reporters, adding the explosives were rigged up to bicycles parked in the crowded IT marketplace. “Eight people died at one place, three at the other” said the Federal Home Minister.

Television channels said that all major cities in the country were placed on high alert. The blasts came two weeks after Indian government hanged a Kashmiri man for a militant attack on the country’s parliament in 2001. The execution has sparked violent clashes throughout the country.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a “dastardly attack”. “I appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain peace,” he said in a Twitter message. No group so far said it carried out the attack. "The guilty will not go unpunished," tweetedPrime Minister.

In July 2011, three explosions hit India’s financial capital, Mumbai. 20 people were killed and over 100 wounded in the blasts set off by Muslim militants, authorities said. Last year four more explosions hit a busy shopping area of the western Indian city of Pune.

Witnesses told Reuters that two more explosions occurred in quick succession in in the Dilsukh Nagar area of Hyderabad but there could have been more.

TV showed corpses and body parts strewn on the streets and said that 15 people may have been killed in the explosions.