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Two bombs hit a busy shopping area in Hyderbad, a southern city in India, on Thursday, killing at least thirteen people and wounding about seventy more.
The Associated Press reported that bombs hit the Dilsukhnager neighborhood, which is full of restaurants, shops, and theaters. The bombs were planted on two bicycles and blasts occurred outside a movie theater and a bus station only 150 meters from each other. It happened around 7 PM - rush hour.
India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, asked the public to stay calm and said, “This is dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished.”
When asked if Muslim extremists were responsible for the attack, Sushil Kumar Shinde, India’s home affairs minister, said, “We have to investigate. We should not come to conclusion immediately," according to the New York Times.
Hyderbad is one of India’s largest cities and home to information technology industry. The city has experienced other attacks in recent years, and most are the results of homemade explosives. Back in May 2007, a mosque was attacked, leaving thirteen people dead in the accident. In August of that same year, at least forty-two others died because of a pair of synchronized explosions.