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Feb 22, 2013 at 08:38am IST

Hyderabad blasts: No lessons learnt by NIA?

Hyderabad: At 7.00 pm on Thursday night, two blasts rocked the crowded area in Hyderabad's Dilsukh Nagar. The blasts happened near the Venkatadri and Konark theatres, with a crowded bus stand just a stones throw away. Fifteen injured were brought to the nearby Doctor Yashoda Hospital after the blast and admitted in various ICUs. Fourteen people died and over 55 were injured.

Just a short while after the blasts, came an admission from the Union Home Minister himself, that the government knew of a possible attack for the past two days, but had no specific information.

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Police say one bomb may have been placed on a cycle and the other in a tiffin box. The intensity was high and the death toll could rise. The Andhra Chief Minister was quick to visit the site and appeal for calm.

A local team of the National Investigating Agency too managed to reach the spot and retrieve crucial evidence. A joint NIA and Intelligence Bureau team has also been rushed from Delhi. After the last blasts, the NIA office had been set up here. Questions will be raised if any lessons were learned.

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