Mumbai Hit By Series of Blasts

Posted on July 13, 2011

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MISHA WEE

Mumbai, India is still reeling Wednesday evening after three well-placed blasts shattered heavily populated areas in the country’s capital: Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar.

The blasts occurred between 6:45 and 7 p.m. Crowds of commuters hurrying home in the rush hour traffic were hit hard by the terrorist attacks.

The attacks were another reminder of India’s long history on the receiving end of large-scale violence. Over 25 major terror attacks have taken place in India since 1993.

Dadar, located in central Mumbai, is near a busy train station. It was one of seven places on the Mumbai Suburban Railroad that was hit by an explosion on July 7, 2006, where 200 commuters were killed.

Zaveri Bazaar, located in southern Mumbai, is close to a Hindu temple. On Aug. 25, 2003, Zaveri Bazaar was victim to a Mumbai twin car bombing that killed at least 52 and injured 150. It was also the site of a 13-series Mumbai explosion on Mar. 12, 1993 that killed 257 and injured over 700.

According to Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, the death toll from Wednesday’s attack has risen to 17, and over 100 people have been injured.

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