US embassy cable - 05CHENNAI2441

BOMB BLAST AT HYDERABAD POLICE STATION

Identifier: 05CHENNAI2441
Wikileaks: View 05CHENNAI2441 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Consulate Chennai
Created: 2005-10-13 10:28:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: ASEC PGOV PTER CASC IN Counter
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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UNCLAS CHENNAI 002441 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPART FOR DS/IP/SA DAN MAHANTY, DS/DSS/ITA FOR STEVEN 
CAPELLI, DS/DSS/OSAC FOR BLAIR JOHANNESSEN, NEW DELHI FOR 
RSO, MUMBAI FOR RSO AND CALCUTTA FOR CG AND ADM/PSO 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ASEC, PGOV, PTER, CASC, IN, Counter-Terrorism 
SUBJECT: BOMB BLAST AT HYDERABAD POLICE STATION 
 
REF: A. NEW DELHI 7911 
     B. CHENNAI 02381 
 
1. (U) Summary: According to press reports confirmed by local 
police, a powerful blast ripped through the city Police 
Commissioners Task Force offices in Hyderabad on the evening 
of October 12. The blast was believed to be carried out by a 
suicide bomber, but this has yet to be confirmed. One police 
officer was killed and another injured. The identity of the 
suspected bomber is still unknown. End Summary 
 
2. (U) On the evening of October 12th, a powerful blast 
ripped through the Police Commissioner's Task Force offices 
in the Greenland area of Hyderabad, killing one police 
officer and injuring another. A second body, that of the 
suspected suicide bomber is still unidentified at this time. 
According to witnesses a man carrying a back pack entered the 
compound at about 1930 hours and stated that he had an 
appointment with a senior police official. Minutes later 
there was an explosion. 
 
3. (SBU) Post has verified through RSO local police contacts 
that the incident occurred, however those same contacts will 
not confirm that it was in fact a suicide bomber. There is 
still one unidentified body at the scene whom police believe 
to be the perpetrator. Hyderabad police contacts also confirm 
that one police officer remains in critical condition. The 
injured officer is believed to be the last person to see the 
person carrying the back pack before the explosion. 
 
4. (SBU) RSO has dispatched a FSNI to Hyderabad to glean 
further information and to report back to Post any new 
developments. 
 
5. (SBU) The Task Force Office where the blast occurred is 
only 100 meters away from the official residence of Andhra 
Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister Y S R Reddy. Reddy's government 
recently imposed a ban on the CPI (Maoist) and related 
groups, also known as Naxalites, which is expected to result 
in an increase in violence in AP (Reftel). This incident 
could be a manifestation of that increased violence. 
 
6. (SBU) RSO was also contacted by an OSAC representative who 
reported that a bomb threat was called in on October 12 at 
approximately 1652 hours to the Cyber Gateway Towers which 
houses several American businesses. A search of the building 
was conducted with negative results. The OSAC rep reported 
that similar calls were made to other offices of the same 
company at other locations in India. The company in question 
believes that it was a hoax in order for employees to get the 
day off as it was a local holiday. 
 
COMMENT: 
 
7. (SBU) The police station bombing and bomb threat in 
Hyderabad are receiving extra public and press attention 
because they come two days after the Mission issued a warden 
message advising of possible threats against American 
interest (se ref A). We have seen no indication that the 
bombing is linked to that threat, however we are pursuing 
that possibility. As mentioned in para 5, it is just as 
likely the bombing is part of the rising tide of domestic 
political violence in Andrea Pradesh. End Comment. 
 
8. (U) Post will continue to monitor the situation and will 
report any development Septel. 
 
9. (U) Point of contact is Colin P Bucknor, RSO, at 
91-44-8113919 (STE), 91-44-2811-200, ext. 5000 (unclassified) 
HOPPER 

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