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46 dead in India blasts
    #1847969 - 08/25/03 12:35 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

46 dead in twin Mumbai blasts

NEW DELHI, India (CNN) --Twin bomb blasts have killed 46 people and injured more than 115 in India's financial capital, Mumbai.

The Indian government said Monday's attacks appeared similar to ones planned or carried out by two terrorist groups -- one of them allegedly connected to al Qaeda.

Both bombs were inside the trunks of taxi cabs, police said. One of the bombs blew up near the colonial-era Gateway to India monument. The second bomb went off close to the Hindu Temple of Mumbadevi.

No-one has claimed responsibility for the explosions.

Police said they had received several leads from the driver of one of the taxis who, they said, was apparently working in league with his passenger, who was carrying a bomb.

Indian Internal Security Minister L.K. Advani said that while it is too early to say for certain who is behind the attacks, the blasts had the hallmarks of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Kashmiri separatist group Lashkar-e-Toiba.

India shut down the SIMI on September 28, 2001, just shortly after the September 11 attacks in New York and Washington, accusing it of being linked to the al Qaeda terrorist network.

The offices of the group were padlocked and its leaders were taken into custody by Indian authorities.

Lashkar-e-Toiba, or the Army of the Pure, has been accused by India of carrying out terror attacks in Indian-controlled Kashmir. India has accused Pakistan of backing the group, a charge Pakistan denies.

In Islamabad, Pakistan, a Pakistani government spokesman condemned the bombings.

"We condemn all acts of terrorism and I think such wanton targeting of civilians should be condemned in the strongest possible terms," said spokesman Masood Khan, speaking at a regular news briefing. (Full story)

The Mumbai Exchange's top-30 share index, India's most-widely tracked equity gauge, ended 2.92 percent down. (Stocks slide)

Security forces in the city have been on high alert because of a series of bomb explosions across the Mumbai metropolitan area over the past several months.

The most recent bus bombing took place on July 29, killing four people on board a packed commuter bus in the commercial heart of the city.

Officials say they fear an upswing in tensions between Hindus and Muslims in the area because of the similarity of the recent explosions to a series of explosions blamed on Islamic militants a decade ago, in which more than 250 were killed.

Those blasts were blamed on underworld gangs seeking to avenge Muslim deaths during Hindu-Muslim riots following the destruction of a mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya in northern India by a Hindu mob. (History of violence)

Monday's explosions follow the release of an archeological report into the mosque site. Hindus claim the Islamic mosque was built on a holy Hindu site. But Muslims dispute this and claim the site themselves.

Details from the highly anticipated report emerged on Monday, saying that experts found that an ancient structure did in fact exist on the disputed site but there was fierce disagreement about whether it was a Hindu temple. (Full story)

Police in Mumbai have initially ruled out a link between the explosions and the report.

In Washington, the U.S. State Department said Secretary of State Colin Powell had telephoned Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh to discuss the bombings.

Mumbai, a city of more than 10 million people is home to India's financial and film industries. Until recent years, it was known as Bombay.

-- CNN Correspondents Suhasini Haider and Ram Ramgopol contributed to this report

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Re: 46 dead in India blasts [Re: wingnutx]
    #1848001 - 08/25/03 12:44 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I wonder if this will have any effect on their decision to send troops to Iraq.

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Re: 46 dead in India blasts [Re: shakta]
    #1848006 - 08/25/03 12:46 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I dunno. They say they have 17,000 ready to go, but want a security council resolution first.

India should replace France on the security council (as permanent member), imho.

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Re: 46 dead in India blasts [Re: wingnutx]
    #1848035 - 08/25/03 12:58 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I agree with you there. Unless they back off of the resolution, we probably won't be seeing any of their troops. Our guys in charge don't want more troops. They say they don't need them. The would like to lessen the amount of US troops though, by supplementing them with foreign troops like those from India. The main problem I see with UN troops, is the fact that the UN would want to control them. We can't have two different entities commanding troops in Iraq.

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