Mumbai Attack: Serial blasts in Zaveri Bazaar, Dadar, Opera House

India | | July 13, 2011, 7:49 pm
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Three bomb blasts rocked crowded districts of Mumbai during rush hour on Wednesday, in the biggest attack on the country's financial capital since 2008 assaults blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

Three bomb blasts rocked crowded districts of Mumbai during rush hour on Wednesday, in the biggest attack on the country's financial capital since 2008 assaults blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

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Mumbai: Police inspect the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: Police inspect the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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Policemen surround a vehicle which was damaged at the site of a bomb explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011.
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Policemen surround a vehicle which was damaged at the site of a bomb explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Plain clothed police surround a vehicle which was damaged at the site of an explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011.
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Plain clothed police surround a vehicle which was damaged at the site of an explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Mumbai : An injured woman at Dadar bus stand after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai : An injured woman at Dadar bus stand after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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(Warning: Graphic content) Mumbai: The body of a victim of a bomb explosion lies on a hand cart at Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

(Warning: Graphic content) Mumbai: The body of a victim of a bomb explosion lies on a hand cart at Zaveri bazaar in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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A car is seen damaged at the site of a bomb explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A car is seen damaged at the site of a bomb explosion in the Dadar area of Mumbai July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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Mumbai: Security personnel inspect the Dadar bus stand after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete

Mumbai: Security personnel inspect the Dadar bus stand after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Shirish Shete

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Mumbai : An injured victim of blast being rushed to JT Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai : An injured victim of blast being rushed to JT Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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Mumbai: Police and bomb dispoal squad look for clues after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: Police and bomb dispoal squad look for clues after a blast in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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New Delhi: Security personnel on a strict vigil near Raisina Hill, after the high alert in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

New Delhi: Security personnel on a strict vigil near Raisina Hill, after the high alert in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist

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In this image from television, people surround the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai, July 13 2011. Near-simultaneous bomb blasts rocked three busy neighborhoods during evening rush hour in India's busy financial capital Wednesday. (AP Photo)

In this image from television, people surround the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai, July 13 2011. Near-simultaneous bomb blasts rocked three busy neighborhoods during evening rush hour in India's busy financial capital Wednesday. (AP Photo)

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Wreckage of motorbikes lie at the site of a bomb explosion outside Opera House in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

Wreckage of motorbikes lie at the site of a bomb explosion outside Opera House in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Mumbai: Injured victims being treated at a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: Injured victims being treated at a hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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MUMBAI: Police officer check vehicles in the wake of series of bomb blasts in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

MUMBAI: Police officer check vehicles in the wake of series of bomb blasts in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

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Policemen inspect the site of a bomb explosion at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

Policemen inspect the site of a bomb explosion at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

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People react moments after a bomb exploded at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pravin Jain)

People react moments after a bomb exploded at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pravin Jain)

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Relatives of victims of an explosion cries outside the JT Hospital in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

Relatives of victims of an explosion cries outside the JT Hospital in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo)

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MUMBAI: Injured of blast at Zaveri bazar being taken to the hospital, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday PTI Photo Mitesh Bhuvad

MUMBAI: Injured of blast at Zaveri bazar being taken to the hospital, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Three bomb blasts were reported in Mumbai on Wednesday PTI Photo Mitesh Bhuvad

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Mumbai has over the years been the target of several attacks, including serial bomb blasts in 1993 that killed at least 260 people at the stock exchange and other areas.

Mumbai has over the years been the target of several attacks, including serial bomb blasts in 1993 that killed at least 260 people at the stock exchange and other areas.

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At Dadar in central Mumbai, one of the explosions left car windows shattered and uprooted electric poles.

At Dadar in central Mumbai, one of the explosions left car windows shattered and uprooted electric poles.

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An injured victim of the Mumbai serial blasts is seen in this PTI photo.

An injured victim of the Mumbai serial blasts is seen in this PTI photo.

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One blast occurred at the Opera House, an area full of diamond stores in south Mumbai near where Pakistani-based militants carried out the bloody rampage in 2008.

One blast occurred at the Opera House, an area full of diamond stores in south Mumbai near where Pakistani-based militants carried out the bloody rampage in 2008.

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Police were seen using sniffer digs to look for clues while local people helped paramedics carry away some of the injured.

Police were seen using sniffer digs to look for clues while local people helped paramedics carry away some of the injured.

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Another blast, also in south Mumbai, was at the Zaveri Bazaar, a big gold and silver market. The third blast was in the centre of the city.

Another blast, also in south Mumbai, was at the Zaveri Bazaar, a big gold and silver market. The third blast was in the centre of the city.

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The home ministry ordered security heightened across the country.

The home ministry ordered security heightened across the country.

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India has remained jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the 2008 attacks which killed 166 people and raised tensions with arch rival Pakistan.

India has remained jittery about the threat of militant strikes, especially since the 2008 attacks which killed 166 people and raised tensions with arch rival Pakistan.

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Television footage showed debris of twisted metal, motorbikes and cars severely damaged at one suspected blast site.

Television footage showed debris of twisted metal, motorbikes and cars severely damaged at one suspected blast site.

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The vehicles used were scooters and motorcycles (in the attacks). An improvised explosive device was placed in a car, suggesting the work of local groups rather than an international terror network.

The vehicles used were scooters and motorcycles (in the attacks). An improvised explosive device was placed in a car, suggesting the work of local groups rather than an international terror network.

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Mumbai has over the years been the target of several attacks, including serial bomb blasts in 1993 that killed at least 260 people at the stock exchange and other areas.

Mumbai has over the years been the target of several attacks, including serial bomb blasts in 1993 that killed at least 260 people at the stock exchange and other areas.

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A bomb squad member collects evidence at the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A bomb squad member collects evidence at the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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People react moments after a bomb exploded at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pravin Jain)

People react moments after a bomb exploded at Zaveri bazar in Mumbai, July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Pravin Jain)

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A policeman stands at the site of an explosion near the Opera House in Mumbai July 13, 2011.
REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A policeman stands at the site of an explosion near the Opera House in Mumbai July 13, 2011. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui