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Security Agencies Had Info on Possible Attacks: Shinde

The death toll could go up in two near simultaneous blasts in Hyderabad , Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said tonight.

Asked whether it was a terror attack, the minister said "it was too early to say anything and only an investigation will reveal it".

However, he said "the security agencies had information for the last two days about possible attack by terrorists which was shared with all the states."

He said the two bombs were placed within a radius of 100 to 150 metres in Dilkhus nagar area in the Andhra Pradesh capital and placed in two bicycles.

"There were two blasts in Dilkhush nagar. I have spoken to the Chief Minister (Kiran Kumar Reddy) and he told me that the bombs were placed in two cycles and in one place eight people were killed and in other place three people were killed. 50 people were also injured," he told reporters here.

Asked whether the death toll could go up, the Home Minister said "it is possible that death toll will rise". 

Asked whether the blasts had any links with the arrest of MIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, who was in jail for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech, he said, "there is nothing like that".

Shinde said the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister was in the spot and he told him that there was similar blast nearby Gokul Chat five years ago.

The Home Minister said the security agencies had information for the last two days about possible attack by terrorists which was shared with all the states.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had been informed and teams of National Investigation Agency and NSG's bomb disposal squad had been rushed.

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2/D-53
Feb 22, 2013
10:17 AM

"Security Agencies Had Info on Possible Attacks".

Ofcourse. The HM had already given the cover fire by pointing fingers at RSS/BJP. But the perpetrators didn't know the HM would backtrack. The HM will have a tough time convincing IM that there has been a 'misunderstanding'.

K.Suresh, Bangalore
1/D-18
Feb 22, 2013
05:21 AM

"Security Agencies Had Info on Possible Attacks"...

So what did they do with it? $hit on it?

Based on what happened eventually, would anything be different today, had they not known about it?  The honourable minister himself shamelessly confessed, that knowing or not knowing about these things doesn't make a rat's ass difference to the final outcome: you will always end up with bodies to count... 

So, in what way is the minister or the number of not-so-intelligent agencies under him are being paid tax payers' money, are actually doing the job they are supposed to do?  Why are they still on their jobs and to do what? To give out such utterly inept brainless press releases?

Non Fanatic, London
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