Hyderabad, Feb 21: A local module could have carried out the twin blasts in Hyderabad, said securities sources, adding that there could be external help involved in the attack. It was also learnt that the modus operandi in
Thursday's blasts were similar to the twin blasts that had rocked two popular joints here in August 2007.
Intelligence agencies, which have intensely monitored the volatile Old City area of the Andhra Pradesh capital, said a mood of anger and resentment prevailed among the local people following the persecution of innocent youths over the Mecca Masjid blasts of May 2007.
Both the police and IB suspect that the latest terror attack could have been orchestrated by a local module connected to terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jihadi Islami (HuJI). The same outfit was responsible for the 2007 blasts in Hyderabad. The police would revisit the suspected modules to get lead in the case.
Avenging Afzal Guru's hanging?
The IB had warned of such attacks in the country in the wake of the execution of execution of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri who was convicted in the 2001 parliament attack case earlier this month. Hyderabad, it was learnt, was among the cities specifically mentioned by the IB. Hatching of terror plans were reported even after the hanging of Pakistan-backed terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was convicted in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
Thursday's blasts could be an act of retaliation by ultras to avenge the hangings, suspect authorities.
The Andhra Pradesh government issued a helpline number after serial blasts in Hyderabad. The number is: 04027854771.
Other numbers include: Dhanalaxmi Ambulance Services at Dilshuknagar - +91 9391351543, 9963857749, 9440379926