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Feb 21, 2013 at 08:57pm IST

At least 15 killed in three blasts in Hyderabad's Dilsukh Nagar

Hyderabad: At least 15 people are feared to have been killed in a series of explosions on Thursday evening which took place in Dilsukh Nagar bus stand area of Hyderabad. Three explosions took place in the Andhra Pradesh capital at around 7 pm. While the first blast took place at 7.01 pm, the second and the third explosions occurred at 7.06 pm and 7.21 pm respectively. Following the blasts, the area was cordoned off. At least 40 people sustained injuries in the blasts.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde confirmed that at least 11 people had died in the blasts. Addressing mediapersons in Delhi, the Home Minister said that while eight people had died in the first explosion, at least three people for killed in the second blast. He further said that the death toll was expected to rise.

The Home Minister also said that the government had information that there would be blasts, but it was not clear which city would be targeted.

While one of the blasts took place near Venkatadri theatre, the second one occurred near Konark theatre. According to police, while the first bomb was placed on a motorcycle, the second bomb might have been kept inside a tiffin box.

Police are yet to ascertain the number of casualties and nature of the explosions. Following the serial explosions in the state capital, high alert was sounded across Andhra Pradesh.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said that at least three blasts have taken place in the Andhra Pradesh capital but the site of the third explosion is yet to be ascertained. The NIA also rushed its team to the sites where the blasts occurred.

While some of those who got injured were rushed to Osmania Hospital, others were taken to some other nearby hospitals.

Reacting to the incident, TRS leader Kiran Rao said the situation in the Andhra Pradesh capital was very chaotic. "This is not a time to have political divisions...this is an attack on our country and democracy, we all are together," said Kiran Rao.

Dilsukhnagar, the area were the incident took place is a crowded area in Hyderabad, and one of the main commercial areas of the city. Gaddianaram market in Dilsukhnagar is the biggest in Andhra Pradesh. The blast took place near the main bus stand near Hyderabad-Mumbai highway.

Referring to the serial blasts, Union Home Secretary RK Singh said IG NIA and probe team of NSG is being flown from Delhi. He said that high alert has been issued in Delhi, Mumbai and several other states. He said that the officials would leave for Hyderabad by a special BSF plane.

Previous instances of blasts in Hyderabad:

2002: 2 killed in blast at Sai Baba Temple, Dilsukhnagar

May 18, 2007: 14 killed in blast at Mecca Masjid

August 25,2007: 42 killed in two blasts at Gokul Chat shop

August 26, 2007: Police find 19 unexploded blasts