Indian city of Hyderabad hit by two explosions

  • Two explosions left 11 people dead and more than 50 wounded in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Thursday.

    The blasts that hit the capital of Andhra Pradesh state took place within ten minutes of each other.

    According to police officials, bombs had been planted on bicycles some 500 feet apart close to a busy fruit market.

    The explosions took place just after 7 pm local time with a possible third blast reported shortly afterwards.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the incident as a "dastardly attack" and has directed federal agencies to assist state authorities.

    In addition, the government has in the relief effort, and offered $3,600 to the next of kin of each person killed.

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Major cities have since been put on alert as police investigate the cause for the blasts.

    Authorities had received intelligence over possible attacks in the country but no specific information as to where or when they might occur, according to Home Minister Sushil Shinde.

    The incident is the first major bomb attack in India since a September 2011 explosion outside New Delhi's High Court killed 13 people.

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