Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Breaking: Multiple Bombings Reported In Mumbai; Casualties Reported

Police confirm 3 separate blasts.
Three blasts rocked Mumbai, police said on Wednesday. TV reports say at least 15 people have been injured. Two of the blasts were in south Mumbai, while one was in central Mumbai, police said. Blasts have been reported at the Dadar, Opera House and Zaveru Bazaar areas in Mumbai.

An NIA team has been sent for Mumbai. All states have been put on high alert.
Mumbai was the city where a 2008 gun raid by Pakistan-based militants killed at least 166 people.
Police are trying to determine what is going on and bomb squads have been rushed to the scenes and the area is on high alert following the attacks.

Coordinated attacks are a hallmark of al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups, including Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was involved in the 2008 attacks. The blasts apparently coincided with the birthday of the sole surviving terrorist from the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 160 people.


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At least four people were killed, and 25 others have been taken to hospitals. Unfortunately, I think that those numbers are likely to rise as more reports come in.

Expect Indian authorities to point fingers at LeT and the Pakistanis considering the targets, the means and methods, and the timing.

10 dead and 60+ injured. The death toll continues climbing and it may increase still further. The three bombs that detonated were spread across the city:
The first explosion took place in south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli. The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops.

The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area in central Mumbai, he said.

The third blast was reported from south Mumbai's Opera House in Charni Road after 7pm.
A fourth bomb was apparently discovered in the Dadar area and the bomb squad is working to disarm the device.

It isn't the first time that the Zaveri Bazaar area was targeted by terrorists either; a twin bombing in 2002 killed 50.

13 dead, 81 injured.

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