February 22, 2013
14 Dead, 119 Wounded in India Blasts
The United States has condemned Thursday's bombings in Hyderabad, India, that officials say killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 100 others. State Department spokeswomen Victoria Nuland said the U.S. is prepared to offer "any and all assistance that Indian authorities may need."
Police reported that at least two blasts occurred minutes apart Thursday evening outside a movie theater and near a bus station in the crowded Dil Sukh Area of the southern city. Officials say the bombs were attached to two bicycles about 150 meters apart.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the blasts "a dastardly act," adding that "the guilty will not go unpunished." He also appealed for calm after the apparent terrorist attack.
Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters authorities had no specific intelligence ahead of time about where an attack could happen, but that a general alert had been issued to the entire country.
There has been no claim of responsibility.
The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh state , of which Hyderabad is the capital, said special teams were searching for those responsible for the attack. He said "it is an act of cowards who attack innocent people and take the lives of innocent people."
Earlier this month, India hanged a Kashmiri man for a deadly attack on India's parliament in 2001. The execution sparked clashes in Kashmir between protesters and police in which dozens of people were injured.
Authorities have placed Andhra Pradesh on high alert, as well as major cities throughout India.
Officials have announced $12,000 in compensation for victims' families.
Hyderabad has a population of nearly 7 million people.