Hyderabad: City police on Saturday said that Friday’s blast at the Mecca masjid in Hyderabad was a planned terrorist attack and they have found some clues into the strike.
"It is a planned terrorist act, as you can see from the type of device (used to trigger the blast) used. It is a sophisticated device. We are looking into all possibilities," Police Commissioner Balwider Singh said.
"There are some clues and we are working on them," he told CNN IBN.
The situation in the city was very much under control and since last night there have been no incidents. There were enough forces to maintain law and order, he added.
Police said the situation was under control and adequate force deployed.
"The situation is under total control and there was no incident of violence," Singh told PTI in Hyderabad.
"We have deployed adequate police force. Four companies of Rapid Action Force are deployed to maintain law and order," he added.
A powerful bomb blast during Friday prayers at the mosque and a clash with the police soon after the explosion by a mob claimed 14 lives and injured over 50, including five children.
Meanwhile, Old City areas on Saturday morning wore a deserted look as a day-long ‘Hyderabad Bandh’ called by Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) to protest against the blast begun.
APSRTC buses have stopped service in Old City as a precautionary step, C Pandurang Murthy, regional manager of Hyderabad City Region, said.
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