Seven more unexploded bombs have been found in Hyderabad, the Indian city that was torn apart in three blasts on Saturday night. At least 43 people died and 80 were injured, and police are now investigating any link with Islamic extremists, who have carried out a number of urban bombings in the last two years. In all 19 unexploded bombs were discovered; all planted in busy public places. Police say hundreds could have been killed. Hyderabad is the capital of Andhra Pradesh, and is one of India’s largest cities. Other cities including New Delhi and Mumbai have suffered similar attacks by what India sometimes claims are Pakistani-based Islamic militants.
The recriminations will come later. Local officials have called for calm in a city where community relations are often on a knife-edge, but at the moment there is only room for grief. Today is seen as auspicious by Hindus, and many marriages are planned in the city.