Two blasts rocked the crowded area of Dilsukhnagar in Hyderabad on Thursday evening. The explosions occurred near a bus stand and outside a cinema hall. Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday visited the scene of the twin bomb blasts.
Here are the key developments around the Hyderabad blasts:
16 people have died while over 119 have been injured: According to reports, that death toll from the blasts has risen to 16. The report states one more person has succumbed to his injuries at the Yashoda Hospital and passed away a little while ago.
There are at least five college-going students have died in the blasts, said a PTI report. According to the police of the 119 injured, most of them are in the age group of 19 to 22 years.
Shinde visits site of blasts: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has visited the site of the blasts. He has also visited the injured in hospital. According to the Home Minister, 6 of the admitted patients are in a critical state. He said that the total death toll is 14, while the total number of injured is at 119. He said, "The state government has already appointed the investigation team and the matter is being investigated now."
He refused to add any more information stating that the Parliament session is on. When asked about Delhi Police's warning about a possible terrorist attack, he said, "It was a general alert and not specific to any part of the country." He added that the police has not failed on the issue and that it would be too early to talk about it.
Indian Mujahideen blamed for attack: According to a New Indian Express report, the ingredients used in the bombs were pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and ammonium nitrate and had other signature elements of bombs used by the terror group including shrapnel, nuts and bolts and pieces of steel to cause maximum damage.
One of the bombs were put in a tiffin box and placed on a cycle parked along the road - a tactic the Indian Mujahideen (IM) had resorted to in previous attacks.
It also seems that the Delhi Police, after interrogating an IM member accused in the Pune Bakery blast case, had hinted that the outfit might be planning attacks across the country. In a TOI report, the suspects arrested by the Delhi Police had admitted during the interrogation that they had surveyed three places in Hyderabad on instructions from Pakistan-based IM chief Riyaz Bhatkal for terror strikes in future.
Rajnath Singh hints at Pak link in Hyderabad blast case: BJP president Rajnath Singh today said the Pakistan link in the attack was evident. He also said that a team from the national leadership of the party will leave for Hyderabad today to survey the situation.
"There is no politics in this, the whole country is together," said Singh. Singh, BJP MP and party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain and party secretary Murlidhar Rao will visit the Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad where the two blasts took place yesterday evening.
The BJP leaders will also visit the hospitals where the injured are being treated and later meet the kin of those killed.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the blasts: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement yesterday: “We strongly condemn the bomb blasts in Hyderabad. This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished.” He also called for 'calm' in the city of Hyderabad after the attacks.
Two un-exploded bombs found at Hyderabad blasts site: According to investigators two un-exploded bombs were also found at the Hyderabad blast sites. This would help them to get more information on who was responsible for the attack.
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Updated Date: Feb 22, 2013 12:44:48 IST