The multiple and very well timed explosions, have all the trademarks of an Al-Qaida attack.
“The blasts — one in a park during a laser show, and one in the crowded restaurant — went off minutes apart, officials said. A third bomb was later found under a footbridge and defused in the city’s busy Bilsukh Nagar commercial area, and another in a movie theater in the Narayanguba neighborhood, a police official said on condition of anonymity.
Late-night movie showings were then cancelled across the city. “This is a terrorist act,” Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the chief minister for Andhra Pradesh state, where Hyderabad is located, told reporters, urging people to remain calm. “
According to Indian officials, the banned Islamist group, Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami were responsible for the terrorist attacks. One interesting point worth noting, is that the Islamists face a more difficult time in advancing their goals in India than in other democratic countries, since the Hindu state is very much aware of the threat Islam poses to its way of life.
Update: Abhishek Rajpurohit, a native from the attacked city of Hyderabad comments:
“Its all the more shocking to observe the State Govt. not interested in coming up with strict anti-terrorist acts to curb the rising terrrorism in this beautiful city, …Would we learn something from the Black Saturday for Hyderabad ?? “
Check out his report here.