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Fijians take cover

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi, India
Saturday, February 23, 2013

TWO Fijian students studying in Hyderabad in India are safe after a twin bombing in a terror attack in a busy shopping area there.

The bombings claimed 14 lives and left 119 people injured.

All the major cities in India are on high alert after the bombing.

Nazia Hussain, who lives about two kilometres away from the busy Dilsukhnagar shopping area, was just about to study for her genetics exams close to 7pm on Thursday when she heard two massive explosions one after the other.

At first she thought the loud bang was from firecrackers. After a few seconds fear settled in.

"I was really scared last night (Thursday), I didn't know what to do," she said.

"I just couldn't hide my fear, I went to my landlord and just cried," she said.

"It's really scary."

The final-year Bachelor of Science student of Osmania University's College for Women said the explosions were deafening.

Ms Hussain, whose parents are residing in Labasa, lives on her own.

Ms Hussain said they were in lockdown so she remained indoors yesterday.

'I'm not going out anywhere this weekend," she said.

Betty Bharka, also a student of Osmania University, said she was fine but was really worried for her friend Ms Hussain.

"I don't live near there and I thank God that we are both safe," she said.

The two women assured their families and friends that all was well but they would not t risk going to college or town. All Fijians in India are safe and are aware that their cities are on high alert.

Fiji Hockey Federation development officer Tai Smith, who is in New Delhi with the national hockey teams, said security at the tournament venue at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium and their hotel was beefed up.

"There was an increased number of security personnel at the stadium last night (Thursday) and we also have security here in our hotel," she said.

Players have been instructed not to leave the hotel and permission had to be sorted from management if anyone wanted to leave the premises.

"We thank Hockey India for providing us security," she said.

The Hindustan Times reported that the two massive explosions triggered by tiffin carrier bombs were planted on cycles and the first bomb exploded about 7pm in front of a tiffin centre near a theatre on Thursday.

The second bomb went off after a few minutes at a foot over bridge nearby.

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the investigation into the bombing had started.


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