No respite: SSP office damaged as two blasts hit Hyderabad

The second bomb exploded near railway tracks.

Our Correspondent July 12, 2013
A view of the damaged boundary wall of the office of a SSP after a blast in Hyderabad. PHOTOS: ONLINE

HYDERABAD: Two low-intensity bombs, one targeting the office of a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), exploded in Hyderabad on Friday morning.

In the first attack, around three square feet of the boundary wall of SSP Saqib Ismail Memon’s office was damaged.

The second blast happened near the director general livestock department’s office in Hussainabad. It damaged both up and down country railway tracks which were repaired only in the afternoon. No casualties were reported in either blast.

The SSP’s office is situated in a busy area between the district and civil courts buildings in the limits of the Cantt police station. The blast also damaged the ceiling of a nearby mosque minutes after people left it after offering Fajr prayers. The windowpanes of Model School’s clock tower and a university bus parked on its premises were also damaged.

Policemen inspecting the railway tracks after a low-intensity bomb exploded in Hussainabad. PHOTOS: ONLINE

According to a Bomb Disposal Squad’s official, Saleem Vistro, the first explosive weighed two-and-a-half to three kilogrammes. SSP Memon said special teams of the police have been formed to conduct raids at the hideouts of the suspects to investigate the attack. A case has been registered at the Cantt police station on SHO Abdul Razzaq Khan’s complaint.

The attackers, however, exploded the timed devices at a time when there was barely any movement in the area, said police.

Police officials said that the second incident bore the hallmarks of a shadowy group which had been carrying out similar attacks for the past many years. A case for the second blast has yet to be registered.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2013.


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