Another terror attack was launched in Mumbai today. Several coordinated IED blasts killed at least eighteen people and injured many more in two separate neighborhoods of Mumbai.
The attacks occurred in the early evening when the streets were crowded, so the number of casualties is lighter than might otherwise have been expected. The Indian authorities believe that a group called the Indian Mujahideen is responsible for the bombings.
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for uploading this report from IBN news. Pay special attention to what the man who is being interviewed has to say at 4:40 to 5:20, ending with “…and I am not a BJP spokesperson…”:
News stories about the attack are still coming in, and tend to disagree on the number of deaths and other details of the incidents. Here’s one of the more recent ones, from CTV:
India: At Least 18 Killed, Dozens Injured in Mumbai Blasts
The death toll from three blasts that rocked Mumbai on Wednesday has risen to 18, with dozens more injured.
One of the explosions hit the crowded Dadar neighbourhood, while the remaining two occurred in the Jhaveri Bazaar jewelry market and the Opera House business district.
“The latest information that’s coming out on these three attacks is the official death toll as has been given to us by the state administration is now 18,” said Bhupinder Chaubay, with CNN’s IBN Network, reporting from New Delhi.
“There are a total of roughly 81 people who have also been injured.”
Chaubay told CTV News Channel all three blasts occurred within a 20-minute period, between 6:45 and 7:05 p.m. local time, indicating the explosions were intended as part of a “clear cut strategy,” likely carried out by terrorists.
Chaubay said the death toll could have been much higher since the explosions occurred in high-density areas.
“The only silver lining in this entire episode…is the fact this was some kind of a low intensity blast,” he said.
In the aftermath of the explosions, police were scrambling to determine the cause of the blasts and find those responsible.
The explosions occurred when the affected neighbourhoods would have been packed with office workers and commuters heading home.
The explosions come on the same day as the birthday of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the only surviving attacker from the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.
A somewhat earlier one from International Business Times, with additional details:
India: Three Blasts in Mumbai, 10 Killed, Over 100 Injured
India’s Western city of Mumbai was rocked by three serial blasts at around 7.30 pm on Wednesday. The explosions took place at Dadar West, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House.
At least 10 people were killed in the blasts, including four in Zaveri Bazaar. Six people were killed in Dadar.
All three locations are busy market places and the evening rush hour added to the intensity of death toll which is feared to go up further.
All the blasts took place in a span of 15 minutes from 6.45 pm to 7 pm.
The blast at Dadar took place at Kabutar Khana bus stop in a car, while Zaveri Bazaar bomb was kept in a meter box at a jewelry shop.
One unexploded bomb was also found in the city and the bomb squad has been rushed to the spot.
Taking the toll of the situation teams of National Investigative Agency (NIA), National Security Guards and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) teams have rushed to Mumbai from the national capital New Delhi and a high alert has also been declared in Mumbai.
According to witnesses, at least 20 were injured in Zaveri Bazaar alone. Home Secretary have put the toll of injuries to 100.
Home Ministry has termed the blasts as terrorist attacks.
The use of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) heaps the suspicion on Indian Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that are known for using the same kind of device for its strike.
Sources in Home Ministry and Mumbai Police said that Indian Mujahideen is the main suspect behind the blasts.
Two Indian Mujahideen activists were arrested just a day ago by the Mumbai police.