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Mumbai terrorist train blasts kill 190, injure 625
Latest Updated by 2006-07-13 08:24:37
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A series of seven explosions killed at least 190 people on crowded commuter trains and stations in the evening rush hour in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai Tuesday.

A sketch map shows an accident takes place in Mumbai, India, July 11, 2006. At least 190 people were killed and more than 625 others injured when seven powerful bombs ripped through crowded commuter trains in Mumbai Tuesday, CNN reported. (Xinhua Photo)

A sketch map shows an accident takes place in Mumbai, India, July 11, 2006. At least 190 people were killed and more than 625 others injured when seven powerful bombs ripped through crowded commuter trains in Mumbai Tuesday, CNN reported. (Xinhua Photo)

Officials said more than 625 people were injured in the blasts in the city's western suburbs as commuters made their way home. All seven blasts came within an 11-minute span, between 6:24 and 6:35 p.m., according to a CNN report.

There was some confusion about the number of dead and injured as information was compiled from hospitals and explosion sites in Mumbai, the west Indian seaport previously called Bombay.

"There still are bodies being recovered," said Pooja Saxena, with the International Federation of the Red Cross, speaking early Wednesday.

Witnesses reported body parts littering the railway tracks. TV news channels broadcast footage of bystanders carrying victims in driving rain to ambulances and searching through the wreckage for survivors and bodies. Confusion and panic was compounded when the local mobile phone network collapsed.

One person was arrested in New Delhi in police raids after the explosions, but there's been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Manmohan Singh, India's prime minister, held an emergency cabinet meeting and said afterwards that "terrorists" were behind the attacks. "I reiterate our commitment to fighting terror in all its forms," he said in a written statement.

U.S. officials said suspicion fell on two Islamic terrorist groups whose focus has been on the disputed territory of Kashmir -- Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The financial capital suffered similar serial blasts in 1993 that included an attack on the stock exchange, killing more than 250 people in what was then the worst terrorist attack in history.

Backgrounder: Major bomb attacks in India in recent years

Seven coordinated bombings ripped through packed commuter trains in India's financial capital of Mumbai at evening rush hour Tuesday, killing more than 160 people and wounding hundreds more.

The attacks, which Indian officials said were linked to terrorists, have sparked worldwide condemnations

Following is a chronology of major bomb attacks in India in recent years:

Aug. 25, 2003: Two separate bombings hit Mumbai, leaving 52 people dead and 167 others wounded.

Aug. 15, 2004: A bomb exploded in India's northeastern state of Assam, killing 15 and wounding dozens.

Oct. 2, 2004: Ten-odd bomb explosions and shooting incidents in the northeastern states of Nagaland and Assam claimed at least 44 lives and wounded more than 100 others.

Oct. 29, 2005: At least 59 people were killed and about 210 wounded when terrorist bomb attacks shook three bustling markets in the capital New Delhi.

Feb. 28, 2006: Two trucks were blown up 500 km south of Raipura, capital of Chhattisgarh state, killing at least 55 people and wounding about 20.

March 7, 2006: Twenty-eight people were killed and about 100 wounded in a string of three explosions in the Hindu pilgrimage city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in north India.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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