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07-13-2011, 10:34 PM #1
At least 21 killed, more than 100 injured in Mumbai blasts:
Terror struck Mumbai when three serial blasts rocked crowded areas in Zaveri Bazar, Dadar and the Opera House on Wednesday evening. According to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, at least 17 people were killed and 81 others injured in the serial blasts.
In New Delhi, the Union Home Ministry said the multiple explosions were a terror strike and that Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were used. Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said two people were killed and about 100 injured in three explosions.
Police said the nature and intensity of the explosions were not known but the blasts revived memories of the terror attack in November 2008 in which 166 persons were killed by 10 gunmen of Pakistan-based terror outfit LeT.
Police said all the three blasts took place in a crowded markets and busy areas.
The first explosion took place in south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, near famous Mumbadevi temple, this evening in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli. The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops.
The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said. The site of the explosion was close to dadar railway station.
“We are verifying the nature of explosions. At this moment I cannot say anything more than this,” Mr. Tamboli said.
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07-13-2011, 10:35 PM #2
22:00 PM Mumbai taxis WILL ply after midnight:
Heads up. The taxi union has called off its 'strike'. If you can find them after midnight and they are willing to ply, go ahead and try.
21:55 PM Eyewitness account from Dadar:
Kshamalya Patil says...
It was around 7 pm and I was at the Dadar market, shopping for groceries. I was at the market opposite the Dr Antonia da Silva high school gate, when the sound of a blast paralysed me.
I turned around, and all I could see was smoke, flames and chaos.
People were running helter-sketer. A big puff of smoke went up the air followed by a flash of fire. All I could see was people crying for help and a few good people lending help.
21:51 PM Probe retaliation angle, warns terror expert:
Counter-terrorism expert B Raman tells Sheela Bhatt: "The National Investigative Agency needs to investigate if these blasts are retaliation for the arrests of two alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives, who provided vehicles used in 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat. The blasts had killed 56 and wounded over 200."
On July 6, Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, led by Rakesh Maria, had arrested Mohammed Mobin Abdul Shakoor Khan alias Irfan (32) and his cousin Ayub Raja Amin Shaikh (28) in an Arms Act case from suburban Mankhurd.
The two have been remanded in police custody till July 16.
Remember, two Indian Mujhaideen operatives were arrested in Mumbai yesterday. TV reports say the IM or the LeT may be behind the blasts.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police have told people to stay indoors. Hopefully, the terror tourists will oblige.
21:44 PM And watch the other video: Inspector Sankhe was one of the first police officials to speak with the press at the venue of the Dadar blast. Watch what he had to say.
21:40 PM Dadar blast eyewitness relives the incident: Watch eyewitness Jayashree Mahadik relive the Dadar blast. She lives just across the road from where the Dadar blasts took place. Watch the video.
21:38 PM Chavan says scooter, car used in blasts:
Toral Varia reports that Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will be visiting all the three blast sites. He said 81 have been injured in the blasts.
"Initial reports we are getting is of scooter and car used in the blasts, but investigations are on currently and we will be able to confirm our findings only after the the police make sufficient progress in the investigations."
Meanwhile, NCP leader Ajit Pawar has gone to the blast site at Dadar.
21:33 PM Mum blasts: Cabs to go off roads at midnight: Incidentally, if you're out and about in Mumbai and considering going home in a cab, get home now. Taxis in Mumbai will go off the roads at midnight since they believe cabbies are the first to be targeted during blasts.
21:30 PM High alert in Gujarat :
High alert has been sounded in Gujarat, Minister of state for Home Praful Patel said.
The minister also called a meeting of top officials to discuss the emerging law and order situation. Director General of Police Chitranjan Singh said special operations group in districts and crime branches in major cities like Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot have been put on alert.
Quick Response Teams have been sent to places such as bus stations, railway stations, airport, religious places and other public places.
Vaihayasi Daniel reporting from KEM hospital says three people who were injured in the car at Dadar have been hospitalised. The occupants of the car -- the driver and two passengers -- were the victims.
MLA Nitin Sardesai came to the hospital as well as the mayor.
21:23 PM The three blasts went off at 6.54 pm, 6.55 pm and 7.05 pm. Toral Varia confirms an NSG team and a NIA team are on their way to Mumbai to investigate the blasts....being a human...
07-13-2011, 10:36 PM #3Three blasts rocked Mumbai'scrowded Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar Kabootarkhana areas on Wednesday evening, killing 10 and injuring at least 100 people.
Mumbai Police sources say the Indian Mujahideen is suspected to be behind the attack. In Delhi , Home Ministry sources too say that the hand of the IM working closely with the Lashkar-e-Tayiba is suspected.
The first explosion took place at south Mumbai's Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which scores were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli.
The injured in this blast have been rushed to G T Hospital in Kalbadevi area.
The bustling market also has a number of jewellery shops.
Akshay Doshi, a commuter, told rediff.com, "I was at the traffic signal opposite Zaveri Bazar. The blast was like nothing I have heard before. I saw many injured being carried away."
Senior police officers including Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik, Additional Commissioner Naval Bajaj and Joint Commissioner Rajneesh Seth were present at the blast site.
Also present were members of the Mumbai Anti-Terrorist Squad and a forensic team.
The second explosion was reported in a car in central Mumbai's Dadar area.
The vehicle parked near the Dadar Hanuman Mandir bus stop was a private vehicle. The blast at Dadar, according to ACP Madhukar Sankhe, has taken place inside the meter box on the bus stop and the car was parked near it. The number of the grey car is MH-43 A 9384. The entire bus stop has been reportedly blown up...being a human...
07-13-2011, 10:37 PM #4
IB had warned of possible attacks in MumbaiAs the investigations into the serial blasts progress, it becomes clear that the police were caught napping despite warnings and alerts from the Intelligence Bureau over the past couple of months.
Intelligence Bureau intercepts suggested that the Indian Mujahideen has been making desperate attempts to strike back. First they made an attempt just before the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and then an attempt was made at Varanasi. The most recent one was at the Delhi high court. In all these cases the explosions were of low intensity. Barring the Varanasi blasts in all other incidents the detonators had malfunctioned, but on Tuesday they seem to have got it right....being a human...
07-13-2011, 10:38 PM #5
Pakistan condemns Mumbai blastsPakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday condemned the three bomb blasts in India's financial hub of Mumbai that killed at least two persons and injured scores.
"President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the government and the people of Pakistan have condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries," said a statement issued by Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua.
"The President and the Prime Minister have expressed their deepest sympathies to the Indian leadership on the loss of lives, injuries and damage to property in Mumbai," Janjua said.
No group claimed responsibility for the blasts, which coincided with the birthday of Ajmal Kasab the lone surviving member of a group of 10 Pakistani terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008 and killed 166 people.
Kasab, born on July 13, 1987, has been convicted and sentenced to death for his role in the attacks....being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:22 AM #6
Bollywood expresses anger at Mumbai blastsSeveral Bollywood personalities have expressed shock at the serial blasts that rocked the metropolis this evening.
"Bomb blasts in Mumbai .. !! God ! I hope people are safe," Amitabh Bachchan said on twitter.
"Shocked to hear the news of the Blasts- Prayers for all who have suffered. And Be safe and stay home," actor Riteish Deshmukh said.
Cowards strike again! Condolence to all who have lost someone dear. To the rest, please do not panic. Get home safe," actor-producer Farhan Akhtar said.
"Hope and pray that you people are safe and home," actor Abhishek Bachchan said. Actor Shahid Kapoor tweeted: 3 blasts in Mumbai .. Please head home !!!!!
"...This is pure nonsense. We only talk big... Not a single lesson learnt after things that's already happened," actor Neil Nitin Mukesh said.
Tennis player-turned-producer, Mahesh Bhupathi, tweeted, "If someone can explain how bombing innocent civilians solves anything I am all ears... God bless us all."...being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:23 AM #7
Home grown jihad, external bomb makerInvestigators believe that an external hand helped make the bombs used in the three Mumbai blasts on Wednesday evening.
Initial investigations point towards the bombs being assembled by a professional. But with the top bomb makers of the Indian Mujahideen, which is the prime suspect at the moment, under custody in police stations across the country, investigators are examining the possibility of a bomb maker from outside the country being involved in this attack.
The IM-Lashkar-e-Tayiba link appears to be the strongest right now, with all leads pointing towards the two outfits.
The IM had at least 10 expert bomb makers. While a couple of them are away from the country, the rest are in custody. As a result, the IM has been erring with their bombs....being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:25 AM #8
Hospitals struggle to cope with blast victims
Chaos reigned at various hospitals in Mumbai with over 80 injured people being rushed for treatment after serial bomb blasts rocked the metropolis on Wednesday evening.
Most of those wounded were taken to JJ, St George, GT, KEM and Harkishandas hospitals as the medical staff scrambled to tackle the sudden medical emergency.
Several of them were referred from one hospital to another after they failed to secure a place due to large number of victims pouring in from the blast sites at Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House.
People queued up at hospitals to verify whether their friends or relatives were among the injured, while some were seen donating blood and helping hospital authorities.
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07-14-2011, 01:27 AM #9
President, political leaders condemn Mumbai blastsPresident Pratibha Patil and Vice President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai . The President condoled the loss of lives in the blasts, a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement said. "The President wishes speedy recovery to those injured in the incident in Mumbai," it added.
Ansari expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people causing numerous fatalities and casualties, a statement from the Vice President's secretariat said. Such acts are aimed at destabilising the nation, he said and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour.
Ansari expressed deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and asked him to keep the prime minister's office posted on the developments....being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:30 AM #10
07-14-2011, 01:31 AM #11The jinx associated with number '13' seems to hold true for the country with four bomb blasts taking place on this date during the last three years.
Mumbai's diamond district Zaveri Bazaar and two other bustling markets Opera and Dadar were hit by three consecutive blasts, killing at least 13 and injuring about 100 on Wednesday, July 13.
On February 13 last year, 17 people were killed and over 60 injured when the famous German Bakery in Pune was hit by a bomb blast. The bakery which was frequented by foreigners came under attack a day before Valentine's Day when young crowd throng the eatery.
In May 13, 2008, Jaipur was hit by a series of nine synchronised bomb blasts within 15 minutes across different locations of the 'Pink City'.
The blasts -- first terror attack on this tourist destination -- killed 68 people and injured over 214.
Same year on September 13, six blasts took place in the national capital killing 26 people. The blasts took place in crowded markets of Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash.
All these blasts save one, the German Bakery, have some common points -- all these bombs were synchronised and timed to explode within a very short span of time, crowded markets were the targets and the blasts occurred in evening when these places swell with customers....being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:32 AM #12
US President condemns Mumbai serial attacksUS President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned the "outrageous" attacks in India's financial hub of Mumbai that left at least 20 people dead and 100 injured. "I strongly condemn the outrageous attacks in Mumbai," Obama said, according to a press release by Office of the Press Secretary.
"India is a close friend and partner of the United States. The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we will offer support to India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice," he added.
"During my trip to Mumbai, I saw firsthand the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and I have no doubt that the India will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks," Obama said.
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07-14-2011, 01:34 AM #13
Mumbaikars join hands online to help each otherThree bomb blasts struck Mumbai and resilient and resourceful citizens of the Maximum City logged online to extend a helping hand.
Twitter was flooded with tweets from people offering a ride, food, overnight stay for stranded people and blood donation. The hashtag #here2help was one of the top Twitter trends on 13 July.
An online Google Docs spreadsheet set up by Nitin Sagar from New Delhi is also being massively shared. The document titled 'Mumbai Help' lists all points of contact for help
This isn't the first time that Mumbai has found succour online in its hour of distress. During the 26 July 2005 Mumbai floods, some tech savvy Mumbaikars got together and set up a blog, mumbaihelp.blogspot.com, to help people with information during the deluge.
Twitter and other online services also served as important communication tools during the 26/11 terror attacks in 2008....being a human...
07-14-2011, 01:44 AM #14
07-14-2011, 02:29 AM #15
OMG this is really SAD.....No words or sympathy can help...we need action now We need to finish the terror
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07-14-2011, 07:07 AM #16
Attack reminder that terrorism is alive and active: Canada PM
Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper has extended deep and profound sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and injured' in the series of bomb attacks in Mumbai on Wednesday.
"These attacks are a stark reminder that terrorism is alive and active around the globe and can strike at any time," he said in a statement from his home town Calgary (Alberta).
"All countries need to work together and take necessary precautions to combat the scourge who perpetrate these atrocities."
Speaking on behalf of all Canadians, Harper noted that 'Canada remains united with the government and people of India in their fight against terror. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.'
Harper offered his country's "support as India works to bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly attacks against innocent people."...being a human...
07-14-2011, 08:52 AM #17
Mumbai blasts: Indian Mujahideen suspectedThree blast rocked the city of Mumbai on Wednesday leaving the country in a state of panic. On the investigation front, the Maharashtra Anti-terrorism Squad and the Mumbai Police have formed teams to investigate the serial blasts.
In a late-night high-level meeting of senior police officials, details of the initial examination of the blast sites were discussed.
Home Minister P Chidambaram also visited the blast sites and met Maharashtra Chief Minister, Prithviraj Chavan. He has also called for a high-level meeting in the wake of the blasts.
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07-14-2011, 10:37 AM #18
07-14-2011, 11:45 AM #19
God help them
seriously I don't know when this is all will end.. Innocent people dying everyday for what?
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07-14-2011, 10:06 PM #20
Bollywood’s reaction over Mumbai blasts!!!
Wednesday evening saw three serial bomb blasts in Mumbai leaving the entire nation shocked, aggrieved and angry.
This is how our Bollywood celebrities reacted, using Twitter as a medium.
Priyanka Chopra: “I wish i was back in my city to share this grief.. MUMBAI MERI JAAN..!!!!! Im so saddened by whats happened in mumbai.. my heart wrenches at the thought of what the families of the victims r going thru..its so wrong…why do we have to always accept this terrorism..why r we always told to move on.. I WONT STAND FOR TERROR ANYMORE..and i WILL NOT FORGET!”
Amitabh Bachchan: “And more prayers ! Is that all we can ever do in situations like this .. ? Feel helpless and frustrated …! We express our ‘sympathy’ and ‘prayer’ to those that suffer..what really is he going to do with it ? it will not reinvent day for him…Yes we are all hurt and sad and frustrated ! But will sympathy bring back the dead .. it merely rids us of the guilt of helplessness.”
Shahrukh Khan: “En route india and mumbai…I am devastated and saddened by the loss in my city. May Allah bless us..want to be there as quickly as possible.”
Shahid Kapoor: “3 blasts in mumbai .. Please head home !!!!!”
Neil Nitin Mukesh: “Utter BULLSHIT.This is pure nonsense. We only talk big. Can’t do jack.Not a single lesson learnt after every things that’s already happened… Truly pray for all the families affected.”
Lara Dutta:“Sad to see this city go through this again and again!! Also sad to see that people have resigned themselves to dealing with this!”
Farhan Akhtar: “Cowards strike again! Condolences to all who have lost someone dear. To the rest, please do not panic. Get home safe… I hope the Central and State government wake up to Mumbai’s continuing woes and do something to help our city get it’s confidence back.”
Abhishek Bachchan: “Bomb blasts in Mumbai ? What? Some info please…Hope and pray that you people are safe and home.”
Bipasha Basu: “In d garb of resilience we keep forgetting incidents lke this again n again! Its sad as none is evr punished!Loss of life hs bcome a joke!”
Karan Johar: “Prayers are strong but cannot replace accountability…resilience cannot be considered as back up!!!”
Ram Gopal Varma: “I find it ridiculous tht we pull up governments nd condemn politicians bt not once hold God accountable..so mch fr our belief in his power..Even if the all powerful almighty God can’t do anything to stop this evil why blame the poor police nd the even poorer government.”...being a human...