At Least 44 Dead In Apparent Terrorist Attack In India

August 25, 2007

A pair of bombings tore through crowded public areas in the southern India city of Hyderabad on Saturday night, killing 44 people and wounding at least 60, officials said.

The blasts, one in a park during a laser show, and the other in a crowded market area, went off minutes apart in the suthern Indian city plagued by Hindu-Muslim tension.

"We heard the blast and people started running out past us. Many of them had blood streaming off them," said P.K. Verghese, the security manager at the laser show. "It was complete chaos. We had to remove the security barriers so people could get out."

Most of the 44 people killed were in the city's Kothi market, said K. Jana Reddy, home minister for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

"This is a terrorist act," Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the state's chief minister.

Television footage taken in the arena where the laser show was held showed large pools of blood and dead bodies lying between rows
of seats punctured by shrapnel.

Police with flashlights and dogs searched under chairs looking for more explosive devices.

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