MUMBAI – Indian cities are on a state of high alert after three blasts shook the financial capital Mumbai, killing 18 people and injuring dozens, the BBC said. Indian PM Manmohan Singh has appealed to the people of Mumbai “to remain calm and show a united face”.
No group has said it carried out the attacks, which took place in three districts during the evening rush hour. The attacks are the deadliest in India since 2008, when gunmen killed 165 people in a three-day raid in Mumbai. Pakistani-based militants were blamed for the November 2008 attacks and peace efforts were derailed. The government in Islamabad was quick to condemn the latest bombings. The United Nations also condemned the attack, describing it as “heinous”.
India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram has said he believes the blasts were “a co-ordinated attack by terrorists”, as the explosions occurred within minutes of one another. But he said it was too early to speculate on who might have been behind the attack. “All groups that have capacity to carry out such terror attacks are suspect. All angles will be investigated, all leads will be followed,” he told reporters.