Breaking: Multiple explosions in India; at least 10 dead

posted at 11:06 am on February 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Multiple explosions hit the Indian city of Hyderabad, in a “densely populated” area of the city, according to several news reports coming in now.  Three explosions appear to be coordinated, and targeted on a bus transport area.  If that sounds familiar, a recent execution of a Kashmiri terrorist convicted of taking part in a terrorist attack on India’s parliament may be related to the incident.   Here is an initial and confused TV report about the attack:

Another television report has a quote up that says “terror attack suspected,” and that more than three blasts may have taken place, although that seems to be more about confusion than additional information:

The AP also reports multiple blasts, but two rather than three:

At least 10 people were killed and 50 injured Thursday in a pair of explosions in crowded areas of the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, an official said.

Federal Home Secretary R.K. Singh said police were trying to determine the cause of the explosions. He spoke to reporters in New Delhi, the Indian capital.

The blasts occurred about 10 minutes apart outside a movie theater and a bus station, police said.

Television images showed the injured being taken to nearby hospitals. The areas were cordoned off by police as panic spread.

The Times of India has a preliminary report:

A  series of powerful bombs ripped through a market place in Hyderabad on Thursday evening killing 15 people and injuring up to fifty as per initial reports.

The blasts took near a bus stand in the Dilsukh Nagar area. The area is a busy and crowded part of the city.

Intelligence Bureau told Times Now that they are not ruling out any possibilities.

The AP notes the case of Kashmiri separatist Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was hanged two weeks ago after being convicted in a 2001 attack in New Delhi that left 14 people dead.  Could this be a reprisal?  It certainly looks like a possibility, and the signatures of al-Qaeda are present at least in principle: multiple blasts and transportation targets.

India’a Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the blasts “a dastardly attack“:

India’s home minister said bombs had been planted on bicycles about 150m (500ft) apart in a crowded market.

“I talked to the chief minister who said both blasts took place within a radius of 150 metres,” said the minister Sushil Shinde. “Eight people died at one place, three at the other.” …

Officials told the BBC between 10 and 20 people may have been killed and 50 injured.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the public to remain calm.

“The guilty will not go unpunished,” he tweeted.

More to come as developments proceed.

Update: The death toll is at 11, with more than 50 wounded, according to the latest from AP:

A pair of bombs exploded Thursday evening in a crowded shopping area in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 50 more in the worst bombing in the country in more than a year, officials said.

The blasts occurred about two minutes apart at around 7 p.m. outside a movie theater and a bus station, police said. Storefronts were shattered, motorcycles covered in debris, and food and plates from a roadside restaurant were scattered on the ground near a tangle of dead bodies. Passersby rushed the bleeding and wounded out of the area.

Was the government prepared for the attack?  Perhaps not:

Home Secretary R.K. Singh said officials from the National Investigation Agency and commandos of the National Security Guards were leaving New Delhi for Hyderabad.

Rana Banerji, a former security official, said India remains vulnerable to such attacks because there is poor coordination between the national government and the states. Police reforms are also moving very slowly and the quality of intelligence gathering is poor, he said.

“The concept of homeland security should be made effective, on a war footing,” he said.

One would have thought the Mumbai attack would have accelerated these reforms.


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More Jihad in the name of Allah….this is a battle that has lasted since 610 ad..1403 years of war waged against christians, jews and infidels..we must continue to fight them because they will never change..they ‘prophet’ commanded them to fight and we have to eliminate them at all costs…..I pray for the victims families..a terrible tragedy for them

sadsushi on February 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Christien on February 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I’ll have to take your word on that!

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Doubtful, more likely you will get more of your childrens decapitated heads stuck on road markers as the Uighurs are fond of doing.

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Maybe keep them out in Xinjiang then.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

The muslims were too busy beating their womenm, dressing them up in tents and hacking off their genitals to blow up infidels today.

acyl72 on February 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I always thought they were dressing their women up like the ghosts from Pac-Man.

DethMetalCookieMonst on February 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

There’s an idea! (Maybe we’d finally get better Indian food.)

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

You notice you rarely hear about this Jihad stuff in China. Last time it happened the Chinese just rounded up a couple of thousand people in Xinjiang and shipped them off to paradise.

William Eaton on February 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Wake me up when the explosions caused by the ILLEGALS start up.

DannoJyd on February 21, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You notice you rarely hear about this Jihad stuff in China. Last time it happened the Chinese just rounded up a couple of thousand people in Xinjiang and shipped them off to paradise.

William Eaton on February 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I heard they were going to toss them off the tallest building in China , which just happens to be in my neighborhood.

Turned out to be the biggest disappointment since Comet Kohoutek.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’m not certain if this is another tactic to get my personal info, but if you want to fight against 0bama’s gun legislation take a look here.

I got the heads up via Breitbart News.

DannoJyd on February 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Maybe keep them out in Xinjiang then.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I would gently caution you against the epicurean promise of better Indian food as well. The lowliest Muslim sous chef will often strike a blow for Allah against the Kuffar* by flicking a booger or worse in your soup.

*that’s you if you are not Muslim

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I assume no such thing, what I presume, as indicated by substantial empirical evidence is that American’s are as a society a nation of laws, and American Citizens are unwilling to randomly lynch their neighbors. 9/11/2001 proved beyond any shadow of doubt that the hypothetical violent backlash you postulate will never happen in America.

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Wow, I wonder how your “empirical evidence” could be based upon the occurrence of “multiple and continuous attacks” … “on our people, on our soil,” as set forth in my initial post, and in response to Sandee’s post – when same has not yet occurred? And why you would invoke “lynching,” when I clearly referred to the Second Amendment.

It’s attention seeking, argumentatives like you who ruin the HotAir experience.

I’ll not engage in a pissing contest with the likes of you.

Now, go out there and have a great day!

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Yet another case of – The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam! So Obama speakith, so it be done.

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Wow, I wonder how your “empirical evidence” could be based upon the occurrence of “multiple and continuous attacks” … “on our people, on our soil,” as set forth in my initial post, and in response to Sandee’s post – when same has not yet occurred? And why you would invoke “lynching,” when I clearly referred to the Second Amendment.

It’s attention seeking, argumentatives like you who ruin the HotAir experience.

I’ll not engage in a pissing contest with the likes of you.

Now, go out there and have a great day!

OhEssYouCowboys on February 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Are you under some kind of delusion that “multiple and continuous attacks” … “on our people, on our soil,” are not already taking place?

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I would gently caution you against the epicurean promise of better Indian food as well. The lowliest Muslim sous chef will often strike a blow for Allah against the Kuffar* by flicking a booger or worse in your soup.

*that’s you if you are not Muslim

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I eat in China almost everyday. I’m certainly not afraid of boogers.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I eat in China almost everyday. I’m certainly not afraid of boogers.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Now you must forgive me for I have forgotten that. ;)

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I eat in China almost everyday. I’m certainly not afraid of boogers.

DarkCurrent on February 21, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Well, fortunately for you there is no shortage of Chinese people for you to eat, boogers and all.. o_O

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

WSJ reports 12 dead, 70 injured. They also mention the August 2007 bombings that killed 42 in Hyderabad and Muslim terrorist groups LeT and HuJ.

Christien on February 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Any word yet on why bystanders didn’t tackle, urinate, or vomit on the attackers?

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Interestingly, still no mention of it on Drudge.

bofh on February 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Any word yet on why bystanders didn’t tackle, urinate, or vomit on the attackers?

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I’m sure there was lots of vomit, urine and even feces to be flung on the attackers along with a blizzard of body bits. Seemingly to no effect.

BL@KBIRD on February 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Was the government prepared for the attack?

If they follow American precedent, the leadership will call for banning bicycles.

unclesmrgol on February 21, 2013 at 2:15 PM

The muslims were too busy beating their womenm, dressing them up in tents and hacking off their genitals to blow up infidels today.

acyl72 on February 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

An effective strategy to push back against jihadis would be to insert subliminal messages into every porno movie and website.

“Kill yourself..the ultimate orgasm…do it…do it…do it”

BobMbx on February 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Any word yet on why bystanders didn’t tackle, urinate, or vomit on the attackers?

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Thats only effective against American college campus rapers.

BobMbx on February 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Great! Just what we need around here. Ron Paul diplomacy. Screw the world, if we just ignore them, they’ll leave us alone.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 12:01 PM

LOL…you sound just like a liberal, except replace world with poor. Sorry but we can’t be the world police, it doesnt work and it bankrupts us. Just look at the current status quo which is endless intervention. It isnt working. Over a decade of fighting the AQ and they are still bombing people.

MoreLiberty on February 21, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Any word yet on why bystanders didn’t tackle, urinate, or vomit on the attackers?

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Thats only effective against American college campus rapers.

Ah, and as a desperate last resort, after the rapist has ignored several gentle reminders that he’s in a “Rape Free Zone”, and then only after he’s been deafened by repeated and loud blowing of the victim’s “Rape Whistle” (TM).

hawkeye54 on February 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Any word yet on why bystanders didn’t tackle, urinate, or vomit on the attackers?

rogerb on February 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Surely they have ball-point pens with which to defend themselves.

Solaratov on February 21, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Wow. My uncle was just there on a missions trip from our church.

Othniel on February 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Another television report has a quote up that says “terror attack suspected,”

…Susan Rice to the Rescue?

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

The Times of India had a story on a US Terror alert:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-issues-worldwide-caution-to-its-citizens-of-terror-threats/articleshow/18589455.cms

Seems they were right.

Bruno Strozek on February 21, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I’ve heard about this ‘Terror Alert’, but have yet to receive anything from the US Embassy in Manila. Surprising, since we are close to active region (Russia, India) and have our own little factions of lunatics in the southern islands. (The unfortunately named) MILF? Where are you?

I’m surprised that attacks like these haven’t reached American shores yet – since 9/11, every Christmas (with the packed shopping malls) that has passed without an incident has been a blessing.

I wonder how unwound Crappy Nappy and DHS (and the TSA) will become if an incident like this does occur in the US. At least they have enough ammo to handle it, right?

Timothy S. Carlson on February 21, 2013 at 11:02 PM

“Secrets of the Dead” on PBS recounted the Mumbai massacre a year ago in the voices of survivors. It was horrific and angering. Violent Jihad MUST be opposed more vigorously. Pakistan has become a nest of vipers and we can’t just treat it with benign neglect or appease it.

flataffect on February 22, 2013 at 1:57 AM

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