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.