Eleven dead in Hyderabad twin blasts
Hyderabad, Feb 21 : At least two explosions ripped through Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad Thursday evening killing 11 people and wounding about 50, officials said on Thursday.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, put the toll at 11, but conceded that the toll could rise further. Unconfirmed reports said at least 15 to 22 people died.
Hyderabad police also put the toll at 11 initially.
Reports said the blasts occurred in crowded old Hyderabad in which also a large number of people were injured. The two explosions were reported from Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar area.
While two explosions occurred shortly after 7 pm, unconfirmed reports said a third blast also took place. Police, however, confirmed two blasts.
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said: "Two cycles were strapped with the explosives. In one place eight died while in another three died. At least 50 were injured as told to me by the chief minister."
The home minister, however, said there were intelligence reports of a possible strike.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the blasts dastardly acts.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the government strongly condemned the dastardly act.
"We strongly condemn it and our sympathies are with the victims and families," he said.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is entrusted with the probe into terror attacks, is heading for the site.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Reddy also reached the spots.
There were communal tensions in Andhra Pradesh over the arrest of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader and Andhra Pradesh MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi recently but the Home Minister initially refused to link the blasts with the arrest.