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Terror strikes Mumbai for second time in 3 years

By Sumantra Miatra,

Three bomb blasts ripped through the commercial capital of the world’s fastest-growing economy during rush hour, in what served as a chilling reminder of the coordinated attacks of Nov. 26, 2008, attacks that killed 166 people.


In this photo taken with a mobile phone, injured people lie on a street at the site of an explosion near the Opera House in Mumbai July 13.     Reuters/Stringer
The bombs, which were in a tiffin box, a car, and a cycle, were of unknown intensity, but powerful enough to shake buildings and shatter window panes nearby. As of now, at least 21 people are dead, with over 141 injured.

The home ministry confirmed it was a terrorist attack.

Over the past few weeks the CIA had informed the Indian secret service RAW, of Jihadi activity and warned of a possible terrorist plan. Critics say the response of the nonchalant central government was as usual complacent and stoic.

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The locations targetted were Dadar, the busiest local train station of central Mumbai, Zaveri Bazaar, a shopping district in South Mumbai, and Opera house, also in South Mumbai.

The plan bore the signature of Jihadi planning, intended for maximum destruction and loss of life.

The National Investigative Agency was called on to investigate, along with forensic teams from New Delhi. National Security Guards have also been called in, to assist the Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad, of the Police.

Other metros of Kolkata and New Delhi are on high alert.

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