3 Explosions Rattle Mumbai, Reports Say 21 Killed, 113 Wounded

BY News Desk  July 13, 2011 at 10:57 AM EST

Updated at 4 p.m. ET with more information and on-the-ground report:

Hari Sreenivasan spoke to the New York Times’ Vikas Bajaj in Mumbai:

 

Authorities in India say three explosions in a busy section of Mumbai have killed at least 23 people and injured an estimated 113 more.

Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the explosions were the result of a “coordinated attack by terrorists.” No group has claimed responsibility. Militants based in Pakistan have been blamed for previous attacks. Pakistan’s foreign ministry released a statement saying, “the government and the people of Pakistan, have condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries.”

The three explosions happened at about 7 p.m. local time, during rush hour for commuters. They were detonated in the Dadar neighborhood, the Jhaveri Bazaar jewelry market, and the Opera House business district, all in southern Mumbai.

In November 2008, Mumbai was the site of a 60-hour siege across two hotels, a train station and a Jewish center — 166 people died in those attacks.

Authorities have put the city on a state of high alert and warned people not to leave their homes.

Hanna Ingber Win, GlobalPost’s Mumbai correspondent, said she visited an apartment building in Bandra in northern Mumbai. Residents there were closely monitoring developments on their TVs, updating their Facebook statuses to let people know they were OK and answering phone calls from relatives checking in from abroad.

“There was a feeling of anger that innocent civilians have been killed and a deep feeling of sadness among most people,” she said. But people also weren’t surprised that Mumbai had been attacked again, based on what they had gone through in 2008.

Mumbai — considered India’s cultural and financial capital — is a target because in many ways it represents what India has become, she said. “It’s a very vibrant city with migrants pouring in everyday. It’s growing and booming. There’s a real entrepreneurial sense here.”

Win also noted that those she spoke to said that while they can no longer live their lives without any fear of terrorist attacks, they still would go to Mumbai’s city centers. Their mentality was “you have to live your life and you do have to go on.”

Additional reporting by Larisa Epatko. View all of our World coverage and follow us on Twitter.