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Centre had alerted States well in advance: Shinde

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday claimed the Centre had forwarded an intelligence input alerting states, including Andhra Pradesh, in the last 48 hours, but it did not help prevent the twin terror strikes in Hyderabad.

Published: 22nd February 2013 08:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd February 2013 08:58 AM   |  A+A-

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday claimed the Centre had forwarded an intelligence input alerting states, including Andhra Pradesh, in the last 48 hours, but it did not help prevent the twin terror strikes in Hyderabad.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the information was received by the agencies two days back and all states were kept in the loop. It had no specific input related to Andhra Pradesh, though.

“We cannot say who is behind the blast. We had intelligence inputs for the last two days, which was shared with all the states. The National Investigation Agency team is already at the blast site along with an Intelligence Bureau team. Only after investigation, we will be able to comment on it,” Shinde said, adding that he would be visiting Hyderabad on Friday morning.

Shinde said two bombs were placed on two bicycles, within a radius of 100 to 150 m, in Dilkhush Nagar area.

“There were two blasts in Dilkhush Nagar. I have spoken to Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and he told me that the bombs were placed in two (bi)cycles and in one place, eight persons were killed and in the other place, three.... At least 50 people were also injured,” Shinde said, adding that deal toll might go up.

Union Home Secretary R K Singh said a team of forensic experts of National Security Guards would reach Hyderabad on Thursday night.

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