| Damaged two wheelers lie near the bloodied site of a blast
The government had received intelligence warning of blasts taking place in the country but no specific target, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Thursday in the wake of the twin blasts in Hyderabad.
“We were receiving information for the last two days that such a blast may take place... there was no input about which city would be targeted,” Shinde told reporters here adding that the information was passed onto all the states.
“We cannot speculate about the perpetrators at this point of time,” he said further.
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 11 – eight 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.
|A family member of one of the injured expresses grief
Two days before the Hyderabad blasts, the Centre had alerted all states that Pakistan-based terrorist groups may carry out attacks in a major city to avenge the hanging of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru.
Sources said the central security agencies had sent an advisory on Tuesday asking all states to tighten security in sensitive places as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen may launch attacks.
The security agencies sent another advisory yesterday saying banned Indian Mujahideen too may may to carry out terror attacks to avenge the hanging of Kasab and Afzal.
►►► This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a tweet
►►► It is a very unfortunate and extremely condemnable incident. The government is wholeheartedly with the kin of those killed in the blasts, and we will take total care of those injured
- Manish Tewari, Information and Broadcasting Minister
►►► News of blasts is saddening. My condolences to families of those who lost their lives. Praying for peace and calm there
- Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Gujarat
►►► This is a condemnable incident. I hope the government will take appropriate action to provide immediate and adequate relief to those injured in the blast
- Rajnath Singh, BJP President
Chronology of blasts in India since 2005
New Delhi, Sep 7, 2012: 13 killed in a blast outside High Court
Pune, Aug 1, 2012: 4 low-intensity explosions at Jangli Maharaj road. One injured
New Delhi, Sep 7, 2011: 1 killed and 24 hurt in a blast outside the Delhi High Court
Mumbai, July 13, 2011: 3 blasts kill 26 and hurt 130
Varanasi, Dec 7, 2010: Two-year-old killed, 25 injured in a blast between Dashashwamedh and Shitla ghats on the Ganga
Pune, Feb 13, 2010: 17 killed and over 60 injured at German bakery
Mumbai, Nov 26, 2008: 166 people killed in coordinated serial explosions and indiscriminate firing across city including CST and two five-star hotels — Oberoi and Taj
Assam, Oct 30, 2008: At least 77 killed, over 100 hurt in 18 bombings
Imphal, Oct 21, 2008: 17 killed in a powerful blast near Manipur Police Commando complex
Malegaon, Sep 29, 2008: 5 killed after a bomb kept in a motorbike goes off in a crowded market
Modasa, Gujarat, Sep 29, 2008: 1 killed, several hurt after a low-intensity bomb on a motorcycle goes off near a mosque
New Delhi, Sep 27, 2008: 3 killed after a crude bomb is thrown in a busy Mehrauli market
New Delhi, Sep 13, 2008: 26 killed in six blasts across the city
Ahmedabad, July 26, 2008: 57 die after 20 synchronised blasts in less than two hours
Bangalore, July 25, 2008: 1 person killed in a low-intensity blast
Jaipur, May 13, 2008: 68 die in serial bombings
January 2008: Terrorist attack on CRPF camp in Rampur kills 8
October 2007: 2 killed in blast inside Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan during Ramzan
August 2007: 30 dead, 60 hurt in Hyderabad terror strike
May 2007: A blast at Mecca mosque in Hyderabad kills 11
February 19, 2007: Two bombs explode on board a train bound from India to Pakistan, burning to death at least 66 passengers, most of them Pakistanis
September 2006: 30 dead and 100 hurt in twin blasts at a mosque in Malegaon
July 2006: Seven bombs on Mumbai’s trains kill over 200 and injured 700 others
March 2006: Twin bombings at a train station and a temple in Varanasi kill 20 people
October 2005: Three bombs placed in busy New Delhi markets a day before Diwali kill 62 people and injured hundreds