Developing: Explosions In Mumbai’s Market Areas
Filed by KOSU News in World News.
July 13, 2011
Details are still coming in from Mumbai, where three explosions struck busy sections of the city during its afternoon rush hour. We’ll update with more info as it emerges.
Update at 10:58: India’s home ministry says it believes the attacks are the work of terrorists. Earlier, local officials held out the possibility that the blasts were part of gang violence.
The AP reports that 70 people were injured, and 8 killed, in the attacks. Earlier reports said that 10 people were killed. Exact casualty figures have been hard to come by, and are likely to continue to fluctuate as reports come in.
Update at 10:42: 50 Injured; Improvised Explosives Used
At least 50 people were injured in the rush-hour attacks in which three bombs detonated at 6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m., and 7 p.m. local time, according to NDTV. And police say that the bombs were improvised explosive devices.
Update at 10:23: Deaths Reported; Unexploded Bomb Found
NDTV reports that at least 10 people have died in three attacks in Mumbai, with more than a dozen taken to the hospital. From NDTV:
One explosion, in a car at a bus stop in Dadar West, has been confirmed. A police officer said there might have been an explosive in a meter box behind a hoarding at Khau gali, a street filled with eateries at Zaveri Bazaar.
An unexploded bomb has also reportedly been found in Dadar and a bomb disposal squad is working to defuse it.
Our original post:
Mumbai is on high alert after three explosions were reported in high-traffic sections of India’s business capital, striking in the early evening. According to the AP, the city’s Police Control Room says that all three blasts took place in crowded markets and busy areas.
One device was planted in a meter box, according to ongoing live coverage on NDTV. The blasts targeted Dadar and Zaveri Bazaar, where reports suggest one device was inside a jewelry shop. The busy Opera House region also appears to have been struck.
Reuters says that at least 15 people have been injured.
In 2008, Mumbai was attacked by armed militants; in that attack, more than 150 people died. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]