2 explosions kill 10, injure 50 in crowded Indian city
Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the blasts that occurred outside a movie theater
By Omer Farooq
The Associated Press
HYDERABAD, India — At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured Thursday in a pair of explosions in crowded areas of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, an official said.
Federal Home Secretary R.K. Singh said police were trying to determine the cause of the explosions. He spoke to reporters in New Delhi, the Indian capital.
The blasts occurred about 10 minutes apart outside a movie theater and a bus station, police said.
Television images showed the injured being taken to nearby hospitals. The areas were cordoned off by police as panic spread.
The last major bomb attack in India was a September 2011 blast outside the high court in New Delhi that killed 13 people.
Singh said officials from the National Investigation Agency and commandos of the National Security Guards were leaving New Delhi for Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
India has been in a state of alert since Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, was hanged in a New Delhi jail nearly two weeks ago. Guru had been convicted of involvement in a 2001 attack on India's Parliament that killed 14 people including five gunmen.
Many in Indian-ruled Kashmir believe Guru did not receive a fair trial, and the secrecy with which the execution was carried out fueled anger in a region where anti-India sentiment runs deep.