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Home Minister Patil arrives in Hyderabad

May 19, 2007

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil arrived in Hyderabad on Saturday in the wake of Friday's blast at the historic Mecca Masjid, which claimed 14 lives.

Accompanied by Chief Minister Y S Rajsekhar Reddy, Patil will visit the mosque and the Osmania Hospital, where many of the injured have been admitted for treatment.

Devotees were offering Friday prayers at the mosque when a powerful bomb ripped through a gathering of thousands, leaving 14 people dead, including some killed in police firing during subsequent protests.

Police sources said they suspect the hand of Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami behind the blast.

Two persons succumbed to injuries in hospital.

Over 40 people, including children, were injured in the blast remotely triggered using a mobile phone.

Photograph: Snaps India

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