10 killed, 100 hurt in Mumbai blasts

Ref: At least 10 people have been killed and over 100 others injured in three bomb explosions that rocked Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

The blasts took place during the evening peak hour in the crowded Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazar areas, police have said.

The Indian home ministry confirmed that the blasts are terror strikes and added that Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs were used at all the three locations.

“At least 10 people have died and over 100 injured in the blasts in Mumbai,” Indian home minister P Chidambaram told media persons soon after the explosions took place.

The blast at Dadar took place in Kabutar Khana, in the two-storey JK Building at Tata Road No. 1 in Opera House and at Khaul Gali in Zaveri Bazar.

The blasts went off within minutes of each other with the first being reported at 6:50pm in south Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, near the famous Mumbadevi temple, in which some people were injured, said Mumbai Police spokesperson Nisar Tamboli.

The second explosion was reported in a taxi in Dadar area, he said. “We are verifying the nature of explosions…it seems to be an IED device in all the three cases.”

“The death toll is likely to go up as the condition of some injured very serious,” Tamboli added.

Union home secretary RK Singh told the media, “I have spoken to the director general of police and chief secretary. The chief secretary will get back to us with details…”

According to an eyewitness a fire that broke out in Zaveri Bazar following the blasts has been brought under control.

Police, ambulance, home guards and fire brigade have been rushed to the spot.

A Border Security Force plane is leaving for Mumbai with National Security Guards personnel, forensic experts and senior National Investigation Agency officials.

The injured have been rushed to JJ Hospital, GT Hospital, KEM Hospital and St George’s Hospital.

Security alerts have been issued in all major cities including New Delhi and Kolkata after the blasts in Mumbai.

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