Hyderabad: According to some eyewitness accounts, three explosions were heard, but most others said they heard two loud explosions within a couple of minutes.
The first blast occurred around 7 p.m. near a tiffin centre opposite Venkatadri theatre and the second near Konark theatre. The bombs were planted on bicycles.
Ambulances and police vehicles rushed to the area. The injured were shifted to Yashoda Hospital at Malakpet and to the government-run Osmania Hospital. Gory pictures of the victims without limbs were seen. Others with bleeding injuries were shifted to ambulances.
Initially people believed it to be an explosion of a gas cylinder at the tiffin centre but the second explosion soon after triggered panic in the area. An eye witness told reporters that people ran in panic. Some people using the foot-over-bridge in the area were those among killed and injured.
So powerful were the explosions that the body parts of some of the victims were found several meters away from the scene. Ammonium nitrate is suspected to have been used for the blasts.
The area was cordoned off as senior police officials and sleuths from National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Intelligence Bureau rushed to the scene.
Large crowds at site could hurt investigation
The police earlier said they were having a tough time controlling crowds and sanitising the blast area.
They feared important bits of evidence could be lost as politicians began to gather there to address the press and angry locals raised slogans against them.