Hyderabad blasts: Advani blames Pakistan
Hyderabad/ New Delhi, Feb 23 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patriarch LK Advani on Saturday said Pakistan was behind the recent twin blasts in Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad that killed 16 people.
Speaking to reporters, Advani said: "The neighbouring country has taken recourse to terrorism to trouble India...There is no doubt that there is the hand of the neighbouring country in Hyderabad blasts."
He said Pakistan is involved in a 'proxy war' against India.
"The neighbouring country has not been successful in waging a war against India in the last few decades, so it has resorted to proxy war," Advani said.
Pakistan on Friday condemned the attack and said terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.
"Pakistan strongly condemns the bomb blasts in Hyderabad, India, last night causing several deaths and injuries," Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
As many as 16 people were killed and at least 117 persons were injured in the two blasts that ripped through the crowded Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad city on Thursday evening.
A Sai Baba temple in Dilsukhnagar area of the city was the original target of the attackers, media reports said on Saturday.
"However, a visit by Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma to the temple just ahead of the blasts forced the attackers to shift the location of the cycle carrying the bomb, as policemen swarmed the temple," CNN-IBN reported quoting police sources.
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, 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.