[Times of India updates at TNN | Jul 14, 2011, 02.35am IST] No other city in the world has been the tragic target of as many serial terror attacks and bombings as Mumbai, which went through the agony in 1993, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 and now July 13, 2011. On Wednesday evening, three serial bomb blasts in the span of ten minutes ripped through three of the busiest hubs in the city—Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar—at rush hour, killing 21 people and injuring 141.
The first explosion was at 6.54pm at Zaveri Bazaar, followed by another at Opera House a minute later. The third explosion was at 7.06pm outside Kabutarkhana, a few metres from the western side of Dadar railway station. This is the third terror attack at Zaveri Bazaar.
MUMBAI Jul 13, 2011 at 19-50 hrs IST : Islamists attacked Mumbai again to challenge Hindu majority in India. Most Hindus are victims uncared as usual. Three near-simultaneous explosions rocked Mumbai at rush-hour on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people in what the government said appeared to be another terrorist strike in the city hit by a major attack nearly three years ago as 26/11. Three blasts occurred in Zaveri Bazar, Dadar and Charni Roadareas this evening, killing at least 17 and injuring more than 100 people.
Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the latest attack killed 17 people, and home minister P Chidambaram said the toll was likely to rise. Television footage showed dozens of police officials, several of them armed, at the sites of the explosion and at least one car with its windows shattered. A photograph showed victims of a blast at the Zaveri Bazaar crowding into the back of a cargo truck to be taken to a hospital. Because of the close timing of the string of explosions, “we infer that this was a coordinated attack by terrorists,” home minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said.
The terror strike coincided with the birthday of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman in 26/11, who turned 24 today. Kasab has been sentenced to death by a trial court.
Home Minister P Chidambaram had indicated that at least 10 people have been killed, but Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan raised that to 13, which itself was raised subsequently to 17.
Indian Mujahedin has emerged as the group most likely behind the terror strikes.
After initially refusing to take a stand, Home Ministry has now described the blasts in Mumbai as serial bomb blasts.
Improvised explosive devices (IED) were used by the terrorists, says the Home Ministry.
PWD Minister Chaggan Bhujbal confirmed that three blasts have occurred.
Police sources said the nature and intensity of the blasts was not known.
It is still not clear whether the blasts involved the use of a motorcycles and scooters – no car was used in the blasts. There are reports that one blast happened at a bus stop.
A police official said that an IED was found in an umbrella too.
All the explosions have taken place in heavily crowded areas. The first explosion took place in south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple (Mumbai is named after this traditional Mumba Devi Mata), 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 (MH-43A 9384) in Dadar area, he said, while thethird blast is reported from Opera House in Charni Road.
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Public Reaction in Mumbai........
The public in Mumbai is fuming, as per the reactions, and some are blaming the government for inaction and demanding that those in power must quit because the same city is being successfully targeted time and again.
However, mostly, there is an appreciation of the quick reaction of the Mumbai Police and the efficient manner that they took charge of the situation, which is in stark contrast to what happened during 26/11 (Mumbai attack).
News-hungry people have created a rush on the telecom system, causing the services to jam.
It is also reported that two operators of Indian Mujahedin were arrested by the Maharastra ATS (Anti Terrorist Squad) just yesterday.