3 Blasts Rock Mumbai, Killing 17

All explosions occurred in crowded areas, say police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2011 9:12 AM CDT
Updated Jul 13, 2011 1:20 PM CDT
Indians crowd outside a train station in Mumbai, India, Monday, July 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

(Newser) – Three explosions rocked India's busy financial capital at rush-hour today, killing at least 17 people and injuring 71 in what officials describe as another terror attack on the city. The blasts took place in a crowded market and other busy areas: The first struck the Jhaveri Bazaar at 6:54pm, tearing through the famed jewelry market; a minute later, a blast hit the bustling Opera House business district, say police. At 7:05pm, the third bomb exploded in the crowded neighborhood of Dadar.

Blood-covered bodies lay on Mumbai streets and people hugged and wept. Others carried the wounded to taxis. Motorcycles were charred, shopfronts shattered, and a bus stop ripped apart. Because of the close timing of the blasts, "we infer that this was a coordinated attack by terrorists," says the country's home minister. If the blasts are indeed confirmed as a terror strike, it would be the first major attack on Mumbai since 10 militants laid siege to India's financial capital for 60 hours in November 2008.

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