Fire fighters extinguish a fire at the site of an explosion in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Photo by Reuters
Two bombs placed on bicycles exploded in a crowded
market-place in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, and
the federal home minister said at least 11 people were killed
and 50 wounded.
All major cities in the country were placed on high alert,
television channels said, adding that as many as 15 people
may have been killed in the explosions.
Hyderabad is a major IT centre in India, only second to
Bangalore. Microsoft and Google have major centres in the
"Both blasts took place within a radius of 150 metres,"
federal Home (Interior) Minister Sushil Shinde told
reporters, adding the explosives were placed on bicycles
parked in the crowded marketplace. "Eight people died at one
place, three at the other."
The explosions come less than two weeks after India hanged a
Kashmiri man for a militant attack on the country's
parliament in 2001 that had sparked violent clashes.
Witnesses told Reuters they heard at least two explosions in
the Dilsukh Nagar area of Hyderabad just after dusk but there
could have been more.
TV showed debris and body parts strewn on the street in the
area, a crowded neighbourhood of cinema halls, shops,
restaurants and a fruit and vegetable market.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called it a "dastardly attack".
"I appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain peace,"
he said in a Twitter message.
In July 2011, three near-simultaneous blasts ripped through
India's financial capital, Mumbai. At least 20 people were
killed and over 100 wounded in the blasts set off by Muslim
militants, authorities said.
Last year, four small explosions occurred in quick succession
in a busy shopping area of the western Indian city of Pune.