Explosions Rock Mumbai Markets

Posted by Fatimah Imah Rabu, 13 Juli 2011 0 comments
At Least 8 Reportedly Dead After Explosions Rock Mumbai Markets. Three separate explosions tore through a business district in India’s Mumbai Wednesday, leaving at least eight people dead and 54 injured, authorities said. Less than an hour after the series of blasts, its Home Ministry confirmed a terrorist attack and placed the entire city on high alert.

Although no group claimed responsibility, the explosions hit locations where a terror siege nearly three years ago killed 166 people. Wednesday also coincided with the birthday of the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 attack. Indian officials say they suspect the responsibility of Wednesday's attack rests with the  Indian Mujahideen, a group that works closely with Lashkar-e-Taiba,  is the group accused of being behind the 2008 attack.

The blasts hit the crowded Dadar neighborhood at rush hour, the famed jewelry market Jhaveri Bazaar and the busy business district of Opera House, an official at the city's Police Control Room said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of office policy.

The explosions happened around 7 p.m., when all the neighborhoods would have been packed with office workers and commuters. The 2008 attack, which targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a busy train station, was blamed on Pakistan-based militant groups. The attacks escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals and prompted them to suspend peace talks. Pakistan's government expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries soon after Wednesday's blasts were reported.

By: FoxNews.com


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