New Delhi: Two powerful blasts had ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area on Thursday which has so far claimed 16 lives and left over hundred people injured.

Prominent personalities of the country have condemned the incident in strongest terms. Here are the excerpts of the statements of these people:

“Act of cowardice. People should remain alert against such deliberate attempts aimed at disrupting peace and harmony in the country…”

-President, Pranab Mukherjee
“I strongly condemn this act of terrorism in Hyderabad last (Thursday) evening and I offer my condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives…”

-Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar

“I express my sorrow and anguish on the blasts in Hyderabad…”

Congress president, Sonia Gandhi

“This is a dastardly attack; the guilty will not go unpunished…”

Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh
“This is a condemnable incident. I hope the government will take appropriate action to provide immediate and adequate relief to those who received injuries in the blast…"

BJP president, Rajnath Singh
"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…"

Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde
“The Home Minister says there was intelligence information that was passed on to states. If there were alerts and the attack was carried out and innocent people were killed then there is a massive failure…”

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj
“An act of cowardice to disturb communal harmony in the city…”

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy
"News of blasts in Hyderabad is saddening. My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives. Praying for peace & calm there…"

Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi
“The state and the Centre should have been more alert in view of the threats from anti-national forces who had vowed to avenge the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru…”

BJP leader, Venkaiah Naidu