Hyderabad mosque blast toll rises to 16

“The toll now is 16 - 11 in the blast and five in the police firing,” said state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at a joint press conference with federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Hyderabad mosque blast toll rises to 16
Police were yesterday looking for clues to a “sophisticated” blast at a historic mosque that killed 11 people and triggered clashes which left five dead in the southern city of Hyderabad.

The powerful explosion occurred on Friday afternoon at the 17th-century Mecca Mosque and was followed by protests in which police opened fire to subdue rioters angered by the attack staged on the Muslim holy day.

Police said earlier that 10 people died in the blast in the capital of the southern Andhra Pradesh state and four others had been killed in the ensuing protests. Two more people died of injuries yesterday, officials said.

“The toll now is 16 - 11 in the blast and five in the police firing,” said state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy at a joint press conference with federal Home Minister Shivraj Patil.

Fifty-six people were still being treated for injuries in hospital, while three had been discharged, Reddy added.

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