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India Minister visits blast site

Friday, 22 Feb, 2013 - 01:37

Feb. 22 - India minister says government was warned of a security threat before the Hyderabad blast, adding the death toll has risen to 14. Sarah Toms reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL India's Interior Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde visits the devastated sites of two near simultaneous bombs in the southern city of Hyderabad. SOUNDBITE: INDIA'S INTERIOR MINISTER, SUSHIL KUMAR SHINDE, SAYING: "The total dead are 14 and total injured is 119 out of this six are critical." The bombs were planted on bicycles near a crowded fruit market in a busy shopping district at the height of evening rush hour. There were chaotic scenes as investigators with sniffer dogs hunted for remains of the explosive devices, swarmed by onlookers. SOUNDBITE: (Hindi) MOHAMMAD ASHRAF, HYDERABAD RESIDENT, SAYING: "It is wrong to spread terror in such a crowded environment. Everybody has a mother or a son here. Everybody can see that. I myself saw the blood here yesterday. I felt very sad. Whatever happened here, it was extremely wrong." The government had received intelligence about possible attacks but no specific information as to where or when they might occur. No group has admitted carrying out the blast. It the first major attack in India since a bombing outside Delhi's High Court killed 13 people in 2011 .

India Minister visits blast site

Friday, 22 Feb, 2013 - 01:37

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