India on High Alert After Deadly Mumbai Blasts

Police hunting for leads after triple bombing kills 17
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 1:00 AM CDT
21 Killed in Mumbai Blasts
An Indian police officer inspects the debris at the Opera House, one of the three sites of explosions in Mumbai yesterday.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

(Newser) – Cities across India are on high alert as security forces search for the culprits behind last night's deadly triple bombing in Mumbai that killed 17 people. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which injured scores of people, the BBC reports. "All groups that have capacity to carry out such terror attacks are suspect," India's internal security chief told reporters. "All angles will be investigated, all leads will be followed."

The bombings, which hit south Mumbai's jewelry market area, were the deadliest assault on the city since a terrorist attack in 2008 killed 166 people. Police believe a homegrown Islamic terror group may have been behind yesterday's operation, sources tell Reuters, although the choice of targets has caused some newspapers to speculate that the attacks are linked to a dispute in Mumbai's criminal underworld. Hillary Clinton says she has no intention of canceling her planned trip to India next week. (Read more Mumbai stories.)

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