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July 13, 2011, 11:27 AM
Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India's commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay), police say.

Seventeen people were killed and 81 injured, said Maharashtra state's chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.

He called the explosions, during Mumbai's busy evening rush-hour, "a co-ordinated attack by terrorists".

One explosion was reported in the Zaveri Bazaar, another in the Opera House business district and a third in Dadar district in the city centre.

Police sources were reported as saying the explosions were caused by home-made bombs.

Mumbai was the scene of a 10-man raid and co-ordinated attacks in November 2008 in which nearly 170 people were killed.

The BBC's Soutik Biswas, in Delhi, says there is no evidence so far to suggest that Mumbai is under attack in the same way.

High alert

The latest explosions hit the city around 1900 (1330 GMT) as workers were making their way home.

Mumbai has been put on a state of high alert and a commando team is standing by, said Home Minister P Chidambaram.

Delhi, the capital, Calcutta and several other cities have also been put on alert. Mr Chidambaram urged people across the country to stay calm.

Forensics teams have been sent from Delhi and Hyderabad to examine the explosion sites.

The authorities have not yet said who they believe might be behind the explosions and no group has said it carried them out.

The explosion in Zaveri Bazaar, in the south of Mumbai, was reported in a jewellery shop, says the BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan in Mumbai.

The third explosion hit the Opera House district, also in the city's south, at a time when it would have been crowded with workers and commuters.

The blast in Dadar district, in the city centre, went off in a taxi next to a bus stop, reports say.

One eyewitness from the scene there told our correspondent he saw the bus stop and a car torn apart by the explosion.

According to some reports, the blasts came on the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman from the 2008 attacks.


Those attacks, which targeted two high-end hotels, a busy train station, a Jewish centre and other sites frequented by foreigners, were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.

Pakistan condemned the latest explosions, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry.

Mumbai has been targeted many times in recent years.

As well as the 2008 attacks, co-ordinated blasts on seven of the city's trains on 11 July 2006 caused massive loss of life. More than 180 people were killed and hundreds wounded in those bombings, which were blamed on Islamist militants.

The city suffered four bomb attacks during 2003, including twin blasts on 25 August 2003 which killed 52 people.

In 1993, 257 people were killed and 700 injured in a series of 12 bomb blasts across the city. The attacks were allegedly ordered by the Muslim-dominated underworld in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots.

Source. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14141454)

July 13, 2011, 12:01 PM
AGAIN???? What is India's intelligence department doing? So sad to hear this...

July 13, 2011, 12:16 PM
This is very sad.

July 13, 2011, 12:26 PM
AGAIN???? What is India's intelligence department doing? So sad to hear this...

Insert "Pakistan" in that statement.

July 13, 2011, 02:53 PM
This is just so sad.

May those who passed away rest in peace. And I hope the injured recover.

July 13, 2011, 04:11 PM
so much hatred in ppl's mind.... so much..... its simply unfathomable...

may the departed souls rest in peace and Allah gives the bereaved families strength to cope with this.

Bangladesh should issue an official condolence in no time, and reiterate how strongly we stand against terrorism

July 13, 2011, 04:40 PM
May Allah help the family of the deceased, and aid the injured.

July 13, 2011, 07:22 PM
Mr. Manmohon Singh should have been more concerned about his country rather than oiling other machines.

bujhee kom
July 13, 2011, 10:36 PM
Senseless ....wrong and heartless....Disgusting act of cowardness and pure hatred for humanity shown by the perps!

My condolenses and prayers, good thoughts for the people of India and the victims!

July 13, 2011, 10:39 PM
My condolences and prayers...

July 14, 2011, 12:29 AM
Hope its just some sporadic random incident, though it sounds to me more like a "diversion" bomb to shift focus of the mass from some real issue.
Condolences to the souls departed.

With Ramadan barely a fortnight away, no one would want things to go complicated, specially when it happens in Shib Sena's hallowed turf.

July 14, 2011, 05:47 AM

Idaning FC te ashtey bhoy korey.