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This is a dastardly attack: PM on blasts

Posted on Feb 21, 09:19PM | IBNS

Hyderabad, Feb 21 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday condemned the bomb blasts in Hyderabad, which killed at least 11 people and wounded about 50.

The PM has also directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations.

"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished," the PM tweeted.

"I appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain peace," Singh said.

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.

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 and every state was alerted.

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.