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India Bomb Blasts Kill 11, Wound 50

Feb. 21, 2013

At least 11 people died and more than 50 were wounded in a series of bomb blasts in a busy commercial area of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Thursday, officials said.

Local media reported that at least 15 people died.

Federal Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said he had received information that 11 people had died in two blasts that took place in quick succession.

Eight people died in the first blast and three in the second, Shinde said. He said with many injured the death toll could rise.

The bombs were placed on bicycles, according to preliminary investigations, Shinde said.

Shinde said he received the information from the government of Andhra Pradesh state of which Hyderabad is capital.

The Home Ministry had received intelligence reports about possible terrorist attacks over the past two days and all state governments had been alerted, he said.

Home Ministry sources were quoted by NDTV news channel as saying that the explosions appeared to be a well-planned terrorist attack designed to cause maximum damage.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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