Dozen have been injured an at least 12 killed in twin bomb blasts in the south Indian city of Hyderabad.
Two separate blasts struck the city around 10 minutes apart, one outside a cinema and the other near to a bus station in the Dilsukh Nagar district.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that the two bombs were both attached bicycles, and were around 500 foot apart.
“This is a terror attack for sure,” said Shiv Kumar, the city’s deputy police chief.
The confirmed figure of 12 dead may still rise before the day is out – some reports have suggested that 20 may have died already, that 35 were seriously injured and that 54 were injured in total. There have also been some reports that bomb disposal experts have been called out to diffuse additional unexploded devices, although this has not been confirmed.
So far there has been no claim of responsibility, but the country has been in a heightened state of alert for terror attacks since the hanging of Mohammed Afzal Guru – who was convicted in relation to the 2001 attack on India’s parliament which left 14 dead – early this month. Guru was a citizen of Kashmir, and many of his compatriots believe that he did not get a fair trial.