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India received security warnings ahead of bombings

India had warnings of a security threat days before two bombs went off in a market in Hyderabad, killing 16, according to the home minister.

Two bombs placed on bicycles exploded in a crowded market-place in Hyderabad. Credit: REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

Bombs planted on bicycles exploded in a major IT centre in India yesterday with 117 left wounded by the attack.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the government had been warned of an unspecified threat: "A general alert was given in the past two to three days to the whole country. And that's all."

The main political opposition in India, called for a one-day strike in Hyderabad to protest against the attack.

Foreign Office 'appalled' by India bomb attacks

The Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire has said he is "appalled to hear of the bomb attacks in India."

Having just spent three days with the Prime Minister seeing the optimism and opportunities across India, these attacks are a shocking reminder of the terrorist threat this country faces.

I condemn this cowardly act of terror and, as agreed between the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Singh, the UK will continue to work closely with India to tackle the threat of terrorism wherever it occurs.

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Foreign Office advises against travel to Hyderabad

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to the Hyderabad area following the twin blasts.

It also advises British nationals to "exercise caution" since there is a "high threat from terrorism throughout India".

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Police investigate sites of twin Hyderabad blasts

Police have begun investigating and collecting evidence at the sites of two explosions in Hyderabad, India.

A government minister said the bombs were loaded onto two bicycles around 150m apart.

Watch: Aftermath of Hyderabad twin bombings

Police examine the site of an explosion in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad
Police examine the site of an explosion in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad Credit: REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder
Investigating officers inspect the site of one of the explosions
Investigating officers inspect the site of one of the explosions Credit: REUTERS/Stringer
Firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of one of the explosions
Firefighters extinguish a fire at the site of one of the explosions Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

Recent terrorist attacks in India

  • July 2011 - 26 killed by three bombs in Mumbai
  • February 2010 - 16 killed in Pune when a package explodes at a German Bakery popular with tourists
  • November 2008 - 166 killed in Mumbai when gunmen open fire at sites across the city
  • September 2008 - Five bombs in busy shopping areas of Delhi kill 25 people
  • August 2007 - At least 38 killed in three blasts at a street-side food stall and amusement park in Hyderabad. Police defused 19 more bombs.
  • July 2006 - 186 killed when seven bombs explode on Mumbai’s trains
  • October 2005 - Three bombs explode in three Delhi markets killing 62 people

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Report: Blasts took place in a busy market area

The blasts took place in a busy area of Hyderabad close to a large fruit and vegetable market, according to local reports.

Local TV images appear to show the facades of shops destroyed
Local TV images appear to show the facades of shops destroyed Credit: NDTV
Police and citizens survey the aftermath of one of the blasts
Police and citizens survey the aftermath of one of the blasts Credit: NDTV
Local TV image appears to show motorcycles damaged in one of the blasts
Local TV image appears to show motorcycles damaged in one of the blasts Credit: NDTV

Indian Prime Minister condemns 'dastardly attack'

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condemned the attacks on Hyderabad and appealed for calm in the city.

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Prime Minister: "This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished".

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Prime Minister: "I appeal to the public to remain calm and maintain peace."

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PM has also directed the central agencies to extend all possible help to the Andhra Pradesh state authorities in relief operations.

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