IED blasts rip through crowded areas at Dilsukhnagar
Two powerful explosions ripped through crowded areas at Dilsukhnagar in the eastern part of the State capital on Thursday evening, killing 13 persons and injuring more than 83.
The first blast took place at 6.50 p.m. on the city’s busiest road that link it with Vijayawada, and, as terrified people were scampering to safety, the second blast went off.
Authorities say the explosions were caused by improvised explosive devices that could have been kept on bicycles or packed inside frames of bicycles.
The twin blasts brought back painful memories of the August 25, 2007 IED attacks in Lumbini Park, in front of the State secretariat, and at Gokul Chat in Kothi that killed 44 people.
Incidentally, one of Thursday’s blasts took place near a crowded foot over-bridge at Dilsukhnagar, where security forces defused an IED five years ago. The device was to go off along with the blasts in Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat.
Eyewitnesses at Anand Tiffin Centre, near the spot where the first blast took place, said someone began shouting about a bomb going off. Even as confused people watched, the blast occurred.
Malakpet Assistant Commissioner of Police Mohamed Iqbal, who was passing by in his police vehicle, stopped on hearing the explosion. As he ran towards the blast site, the second IED went off just 50 yards away. The blast sites presented a gory picture with injured persons and mangled two wheelers lying scattered. “We did not know what was happening. It was scary,” said a shopkeeper
The area witnessed a massive traffic jam after the blasts. It took some time for the police to rush to the spot and organise relief and rescue operations. Local people stopped city buses and any vehicle they could find and shifted the injured to the Osmania General Hospital and the Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital at Malakpet.
At the Osmania Hospital there were more than 30 injured people, while at the Yashoda Hospital one woman and 14 men were being treated. Nine persons were stated to be in a critical condition.