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Militants warned of Hyderabad attack last year, says police

Published on Feb 22, 2013 1:48 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Militant Islamists told Indian police interrogators last year of plans for a possible attack in the area of Hyderabad where twin blasts killed 14 people, a senior police official said on Friday.

"We interrogated two militants (from the Indian Mujahideen group), who said they had recced various spots in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Pune for a possible attack. One of the places they mentioned was Dilsukh Nagar, which was hit last night," Mr S.N. Shrivastava, a Delhi police commissioner, told AFP.

He said that his team shared the information with police in Hyderabad immediately, who then flew to Delhi to conduct their own interrogation of the militants.

The attacks, the first deadly bombings to hit India since 2011, hit a packed district in Hyderabad, a hub of the country's computing industry which hosts local offices of Google and Microsoft among others.

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