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Hyderabad : Terror struck Hyderabad when 11 people were killed and 50 injured tonight when two powerful near simultaneous blasts ripped through a crowded area close to a cluster of bus stands in Dilsukhnagar area.
The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) tied to two bicyles took place in the peak hour at two sites 100 to 150 metres apart outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area located on the Hyderabad-Vijaywada national highway in Cyberabad police limits.
The twin blasts, described as dastardly by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, triggered a stampede-like situation with people trying to scamper for safety as it left a bloody trail.
The scene wore a gory look with severed body parts lying around. Footwear and various other objects were also seen indicating the desperation of the victims and the injured to flee the spot.
The Dilsukhnagar area is thickly populated and traffic jams are routine in the evenings with officegoers and students rushing home. Large numbers of people wait at the numerous bus shelters, eateries and shops in the area.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said eight people were killed in the first blast and three in the second and that the toll may rise. Fifty persons were injured, he said in Delhi.
The state DGP V Dinesh Reddy said IEDs were used in the blast but refused to hazard a guess as to who could be behind them.
Asked whether any terror groups were involved, Reddy said, We don't know. Only investigations will reveal."
Shinde said two bombs were placed within a radius of 100 to 150 metres and placed in two bicycles. The first bomb went off at 7.01 PM followed by the other five minutes later, police said. Earlier reports spoke of a third explosion.
The injured have been rushed to various hospitals by ambulances and police and bomb disposal squads swung into action and began searches.