Bombing In Hyderabad
First and foremost- I am safe. In fact, everyone at Tagore International Hostel is safe.
On Thursday night (Feb 21), around 7.00 p.m, two bomb explosions occurred near a bus stop in Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad. This is about 20 miles away from the University of Hyderabad, hence we were not affected directly. However, 12 were killed in the blast and over 50 injured. Hyderabad police have stated that the city of Hyderabad and the State of Andhra Pradesh are on high alert. The area where the blast took place has been cordoned off for police investigation by the National Investigation Agency.
There has been no confirmation who brought on these blasts but it is believed that it was a terrorist attack in response to the execution of Mohammed Afzal Guru.
“India has been on alert since Guru, who was Kashmiri, was executed earlier this month in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Guru was convicted of involvement in the 2001 attacks on Parliament in which 14 people were killed, but many in Kashmir in particular believe he did not receive a fair trial and were upset by the handling of his execution.”
The city of Hyderabad is on alert today and a bandh has been called in that part of the city. Needless to say, I will not be venturing into the city the weekend.
Please say a prayer for those families affected by the bombings and that peace can be found amidst this violence.