As the world continues to experience an escalation in deadly bombings, India has been hit with two explosions on Tuesday. Today, Feb. 21, 2013, CBS News has reported, At least 12 dead in India bomb blasts. At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded when a pair of bombs exploded Thursday evening in a crowded shopping area in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
Police said that twin blasts from bombs attached to two bicycles occurred about two minutes apart at around 7 p.m. just outside a movie theater and a bus station. The scene was chaotic with storefronts shattered, motorcycles covered in debris, and food and plates from a roadside restaurant scattered on the ground near a group of dead bodies. Survivors in the area rushed the bleeding and wounded out of the area. While appealing to the public to remain calm, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished."
Heather Timmons and Gardiner Harris also reported on this assault in India for the New York Times, Deadly Bombings Hit Southern India City. This was the largest terrorist bombing in India since September 2011. Sushil Kumar Shinde, who is India’s home affairs minister, has said the central government had warned state governments that such an attack was planned. He said, “We have had some information for the last two days of such an incident." When asked in a news conference if he thought that Muslim extremists were to blame for these blasts, Mr. Shinde said, “We have to investigate. We should not come to conclusion immediately.”