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Mumbai Shaken with 3 Explosions

Aerial View of MumbaiOn Wednesday, bombs were set off in 3 places around Mumbai, the financial capital of India. Due to what appears to be the worst terrorist attack in the nation since a 3-day militant siege in 2008, at least 21 people were killed. Following the blasts, the city was put on high alert.

The explosions all happened really close together around 6:45pm in very busy parts of the city. The most powerful one is said to have occurred in the Opera House neighbourhood. At least 50 of the people that were wounded in the area were taken to Saifee Hospital. Another one of the bombs was set off at Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai. This is a wholesale market for cloth, jewelry, drugs and other goods that can get 1 million visitors a day. The final bomb was set off at a Dadar bus stop, which is a middle-class area in the centre of the city.

The bombings highlighted the significant domestic security vulnerabilities in India, despite efforts in the last few years to boost coordination and intelligence-gathering between national and local security authorities. The blasts could complicate new efforts to found peace between India and Pakistan as well.

The Home Affairs Ministry revealed just before midnight (local time) that 21 people died in the blasts, while 141 were injured. Home Minister P. Chidambaram says that officials believe the attacks were coordinated by terrorists. Although he didn’t say if he thought those responsible were nationals or foreigners, he said that investigators from the National Security Guard were heading to the scenes of the explosions.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly criticised the attacks and appealed to Mumbai’s people to stay calm and remain united. The attacks weren’t just condemned by India’s officials. US President Barack Obama also criticised the blasts and offered support to the nation’s efforts to bring those responsible to justice.

British foreign secretary William Hague said in a statement that he sends his deepest condolences to those who lost family members or were injured during the bombing. This was a deplorable terrorist act, and the UK firmly stands with India to face such atrocities. They are committed to working with India’s government, their allies and partners in combating every form of terrorist threat. He added that a consular team is already in Mumbai to give support to British nationals that may have been caught in the events, and the agency is in close contact with authorities in India.

Over the years, Mumbai has repeatedly been the target of terrorist attacks, and these latest blasts fit the pattern of other serial attacks in the city aimed at public transport and busy neighbourhoods. The worst attack in the city happened in November 2008 – a series of shootings at hotels and other venues that killed over 160 people.

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