Last night, terror struck the city of Hyderabad again when two powerful near simultaneous blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area. According to PTI reports, 13 people have been killed in the blasts, though this number could go up, and over 83 others injured.
The blasts were triggered via Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) tied to two bicycles and 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.
But for Hyderabad, this is not the first incident of terrorism in its recent past. The city has suffered several blasts since early 2002:
2002: In 2002, two people were killed in a blast at a Sai Baba Temple, Dilsukhnagar area of the city. The police had blamed Lashkar-e-Toiba for the blasts. Terrorists targeted the same area in yesterday’s strike.
May 2007: Around 14 were killed in blast at Mecca Masjid during the Friday Prayers in the old city of Hyderabad. While nine people were killed in the blasts, five more were killed when police opened fire at protestors who were angry at the bombings.
August 2007: Terror struck the city again within months of the Mecca Masjid blasts, and this time the damage was much greater with over 42 people killed in two blasts. One was at Lumbini Amusement Park and the other took place at Gokul Chat shop. Two more bombs were defused in other parts of the city.
February 2013: Two serial blasts took place at in Dilsukhnagar. Currently the death toll stands at 13.