The Straits Times
Published on Feb 24, 2013

Indian PM to visit Hyderabad after deadly bombings


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will on Sunday visit the southern city of Hyderabad after twin bombings this week that killed 16 people and injured 117, an aide said.

Dr Singh will arrive in the morning and is expected to visit hospitals where the injured are being treated and meet local political leaders, the aide to the prime minister, who declined to be named, told AFP late Saturday.

The premier has vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of the "dastardly" attack, which saw two bicycle bombs explode within a few minutes outside a cinema and a bus stand on Thursday evening in the Dilsukh Nagar district .

They were the first deadly bombings in India since 2011 and triggered international condemnation including from rival Pakistan. The government was strongly criticised on Friday in parliament by the opposition which said the bombings had exposed systemic security failures at a time when India is on heightened alert.