New Delhi: Terror struck Hyderabad killing 16 people and injuring 117 others on Thursday night 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.
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.

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Union Home Secretary R K Singh said the 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 blasts sites are: Venkatadri theater, Konark theater, foot bridge of Dilsukhnagar bus stand.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday described the serial blasts in Hyderabad as a "dastardly attack" and said the guilty should not "go unpunished."

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The area where the incident took place is said to be a busy market where a bus stop and cinema halls are located. Dilsukh Nagar bus stop, located in outskirts of Hyderabad, is the terminus from where buses for Vijayawada and rest parts the state are caught by the local commuters.

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High alert sounded across nation

Security was stepped up in the national capital in the wake of the serial blasts in Hyderabad. A senior Delhi Police official said the personnel of the force have been alerted and they were keeping a tight vigil on the city.

Andhra Pradesh

Following the serial blasts, police have sounded high alert in Hyderabad and other cities of the state. Police with dog squads began search operations in several busy market areas of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad to foil any bids to disturb peace. Security was beefed up at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, state secretariat, Charminar and other vital installations. An alert was also sounded in coastal city of Visakhapatnam, temple town of Tirupati and other major towns across the state.

Home Minister RR Patil said that a high alert has been sounded across the state in the wake of the blasts in Hyderabad. "I have spoken to senior police officials and directed them to beef up security," Patil said. Police have been asked to keep a vigil on suspicious activities.


Police in Karnataka sounded high alert across the state. Security has been stepped up in sensitive areas, Railway stations and bus stops.

West Bengal
"Security has been tightened in various parts of the state, including the coastal areas. We have sent a security alert in all the police stations," ADG (Law and order) Banibrata Basu said.


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