Deadly twin blasts in the south Indian city of Hyderabad Thursday evening left 14 dead and 119 wounded.
"The total dead are 14, total injured is 119. Out of this six are critical," Sushil Kumar Shinde, India's home minister, said Friday at a press conference after visiting the area.
The bombs exploded in the span of 10 minutes in a crowded fruit market in the city. The first bomb exploded at 7 p.m. local time.
Dilsukhnagar, where the blasts occurred Thursday, is a busy commercial, educational and residential vicinity of Hyderabad, according to the Indian Express.
The bombs were attached to bicycles 150 kilometers apart. One of the bombs exploded near a cinema and another, near a bus station, both of which left the nearby restaurants and stores shattered and dead bodies tangled in the street.
"This is a dastardly attack; the guilty will not go unpunished," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said and appealed the public to remain calm after the incident.
India had been in a state of alert after the hanging of Afzal Guru, a convict in the 2001 Indian Parliament attack case, in Tihar Jail in New Delhi, Feb 9. Many in the India-ruled Kashmir, including the Chief Minister of the Jammu and Kashmir Omar Obdullah, believe that Guru had gone through an unfair trial. The secrecy with which the Kashmiri was hanged created an outcry in the north Indian state.
Shinde said that there was a general alert about a possible bomb attack somewhere in India for the past three days but there was no knowledge about the exact place.
The bodies of the dead were shifted to Osmania Hospital for autopsy while the injured were taken to the nearby Omni hospital and Yashoda hospital in the city, the Hindustan Times has reported.
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