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Posted on Feb 23, 02:12PM | IBNS
Hyderabad, Feb 23 : At least five men were spotted in a CCTV footage from the Hyderabad blast site as investigators tried to piece together clues of the terror attack that claimed 16 lives and injured several people on Thursday evening, according to media reports on Saturday.
A CNN IBN report said the five were on cycles near the area even as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the blasts are tracking down some suspects in Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.
According to an NDTV report, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) could provide some vital leads from the details of suspects in the Pune blasts last year who might be behind the latest attacks.
A Maharashtra ATS team is also on the spot.
The blasts in which explosives were strapped in bicycles occurred near two cinema houses and at a foot bridge, just 100 metres apart. Incidentally, the second blast took place within five minutes of the first explosion.
Reports suggest there has been deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs which triggered the blasts.
No terror outfit has claimed responsibility for the blasts but there is a finger of suspicion towards the Indian Mujahideen (IM). Some reports said IM had recced the area in Hyderabad in the past through.
IM suspected operative Syed Maqbool, who was arrested in Oct last year and interrogated, had admitted to a conspiracy to carry out blasts at the particular site, media reports said.
The NIA is probing the Hyderabad blasts in conjunction with the local police, said Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
He said two cases have been registered in connection to the blasts.
Shinde, visited Hyderabad on Friday, said though there were intelligence reports, they were not specific and so the police is not to be blamed at the moment.
"A general alert was given for the last about two-three days to the whole country. It was not a specific area. I don't think the police has failed. It is too early to talk on it," Shinde said.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the two blasts that rocked crowded areas of Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad on Thursday evening rose to 16, officials said on Friday.
At least 117 people were injured in the two blasts that ripped through the city as the finger of suspicion pointed towards the Indian Mujahideen (IM).