Hyderabad, Feb 22: At least 16 people were killed and more than 120 received severe injuries during twin blasts in Hyderabad on Thursday, Feb 21. Following the deadly terror attacks, reports surfaced suggesting how the two blasts were planned in Pakistan post Afzal Guru's hanging in Delhi on Feb 9.
In an article published in Zee News, it has been reported that different terror groups including Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad, HuJI and Hizbul Mujahideen had attended a meeting of the United Jihad Council in Pakistan where the plans of multiple terror attacks have been hatched targeting Kashmir and other parts of India.
LeT, JeM, Al Badr Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen leaders had chanted anti-India slogans and had delivered provocative speech urging their followers to continue their jihad against India.
Thursday's Hyderabad twin blasts were parts of their plans, stated the report which also claimed that Indian Mujahideen (IM) members had taken care of the actual ground works.
According to sources, all state governments were alerted earlier by security agencies which along with inputs from intelligence from Pakistan had issued warnings on Feb 16, 19 and 20.
The reports informed that security agencies in their Feb 20 statement had warned the governments that IM may carry out terror attacks taking revenge of Afzal Guru's death. Guru, one of the prime convicts of 2001 Parliament attack were executed in Tihar jail on Feb 9.
After twelve days of his execution, Hyderabad became the latest victim of terrorism in India. However, the city is not new to terror attacks. Since 2002, Hyderabad has been jolted by several terror attacks. In 2002, two people were killed in blast at Sai Baba Temple, Dilsukh Nagar, in May 18, 2007, 14 were killed in blast at Mecca Masjid and in August 25, 2007, 42 people were killed in two blasts at Gokul Chat shop.