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

Blasts rock Hyderabad, 18 feared killed

"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished," a tweet from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) quoted Manmohan Singh as saying of the two blasts that killed at least 10 people and injured 50.

The PMO also said that the Prime Minister "strongly condemned" the bomb blasts.

"I appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain peace."

"PM also directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations," the tweet said.

Had information that blasts may occur: Shinde
 
The government had received intelligence warning of blasts taking place in the country, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Thursday in the wake of the serial blasts in Hyderabad.

"We were receiving information for the last two days that such a blast may take place... we cannot speculate about the perpetrators at this point of time," Shinde told reporters here.

Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh also said that the government had got intelligence about the blast.

Shinde put the toll at eight - five in the first blast and three in the second. He said both the blasts took place within 100 to 150 metres of each other in the crowded Dilsukhnagar, a busy commercial area in the southern part of city, about 15 km from the heart of the city.

(Agencies)

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