A string of powerful bombs went off in three busy areas of India's financial hub during evening rush hour Wednesday, killing 17 people and injuring over 130. It was the first terror attack in India this year -- and the worst since Mumbai's 2008 savagery.
Many of the wounded battled for lives in hospitals after what Home Minister P. Chidambaram described as 'a coordinated attack by terrorists' to hit the city between 6.59 p.m. and 7.04 p.m.
No one had claimed responsibility for the devastation so far. A high security alert was sounded all over the country. Home Minister P. Chidambaram rushed to the city around midnight and went straight to the blast sites.
Horrific scenes of death and destruction captured on mobile telephones showed victims dead, dying and crying out in pain in the three sites under attack: Opera House, Zaveri Bazar and Dadar West.
Although these areas were overflowing with motorists and pedestrians, the most crowded was the Zaveri Bazar, where, as usual, hundreds of diamond traders were gathered for close of business. Witnesses reported seeing victims lying in a pool of blood -- some having lost their limbs. There were several fires.
As it took time for police and ambulances to reach the sites, people in the vicinity managed to take control of the situation and rush the injured to hospitals in their vehicles. Image: Policemen inspect the site of an explosion at Dadar in Mumbai, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. Day after blasts, Mumbaikars venture out boldlyText: PTI/IANS